by ‘abd al-‘Abru al-HaDDaDi al-Fassi
FORTY-FOUR Years ago I first began to read the works of the French Jesuit priest and paleontologist, Pr Pierre Teilhard de Chardin.
AS A priest and scientist he was above all concerned to understand how God is doing it. Whatever ‘it’ may be — and, perhaps, that ‘God’ shall become. Therefore, the future — the evolution of divinity itself — was of as much concern for Teilhard as the geological and biological past. He proposed from his fossil studies transcendance not in precisely biblical or theological terms and so was censored by the Church; his writings were not allowed to be published in his lifetime.
AT The heart of the matter — all matter — Pr Pierre perceived an evolving noosphere, a new layer or shell of more and more ‘spiritualised’ life; a deeper and more differentiated existence going forward on the electromagnetic rather than comparatively crude molecular scale with its constantly stubbed toes, odious war, cancer and other inefficient hangnails. He was, perhaps, the first to detect this emerging reality: in the metaphors of radio and electronics, man-made webs in the 1930s already girdling the Earth.
NOW, In this apparently entirely pornocratic and terminally mammalian Internet Age, Paul Stamets brings us the tremendous verification of yet another World-embracing net of life; and, one possibly destined to carry Nature’s hard-won growing self-awareness onward far into the post-human realm indeed — all of it, his great perception of the Beyond and this immense profound hope, wrung from Stamet’s devoted passionate study of mycology, spore and ‘super fungi’:
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[26 December 2009]