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Yet, as evolution proceeds, F2 manifests an expanding tendency to mastery and autonomy, and starts to regulate, with creativity, the dynamics of F1. With the looks of the human phenomenon, this technique reaches a serious aspect of reversal, the place the radial strength takes energy, with the intention to converse, over topic. Me—And why may still this predominance of F2 over F1 provide a bonus to a human over an ant? Tommy—After the 1st ‘hominisation’, resulting in person human awareness, a moment collective hominisation part develops above us, concerning the total species. With collective hominisation, F2 turns into so powerful as to permit humanity to go beyond spacetime and sign up for Omega! awareness might develop into coextensive with the universe, whose ultimate country will be natural suggestion! Me—Pure thought... and natural philosophy, it sort of feels to me. Tommy—Well, that’s admittedly the main speculative a part of the e-book. at the least, i love the image of a double-sided ultimate prestige of the universe: externally it may well good be a dark thermodynamic dying, yet internally it is going to be natural inspiration. And suggestion is reside! Ehm, superlive, to be detailed. Me [Increasingly stunned by way of Tommy, and more and more hungry too] superb! besides. i'm chuffed that you just beloved the booklet! we could have a major lunch now! Tommy—Oh, i didn't say that. robust idea, nice originality, prophetic visions, yet overall loss of formalisation, as you mentioned. i don't see how can somebody declare (as he does himself) that the booklet is a systematic learn. a number of the most important passages are in determined want for a few mathematical formula. I consider one in particular... right here it truly is: “That there are dependencies among the energetics of the interior and the skin of items is incontrovertible. yet they could most likely be expressed through a fancy symbolism defined by way of a special order”. Doesn’t it sound like meta-mathematics? three Humanity is far greater than the Sum of people 19 Me—It does! He tricks at a few mathematical formula, with out really delivering it. probably you may provide a test, Tommy; if I good be mindful, you already had a path on Thermodynamics, and... Tommy—I wouldn't even test. Teilhard could have been prophetic in awaiting issues that had now not but been invented, yet he has overlooked a primary element for his idea that used to be already on hand at his occasions. girl voice [coming from a videoconference window that has simply popped up in Tommy’s tablet]—I imagine i do know what you will have in brain, Tommy: software program! Tommy [waiving to her]—Alice, solid to work out you! strong morning! i'm hoping we didn't wake you up too early. may perhaps I introduce to you my uncle Tomas? Alice [waiving to me from the small screen]—Nice to fulfill you. yet i didn't suggest to break you men. I’ll stick to your dialog as I take my breakfast the following. Please move forward. Tommy—Sure! software program. Computation. That’s what I intended, and what Teilhard ignored. The Turing laptop was once brought in 1936, and the idea of set of rules is far older: Teilhard had lots of time to determine the most important function of computation for knowing the emergence of complexity, the human phenomenon, and for speculating at the way forward for humanity.