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Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
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Religious Figure
    (May 1, 1881-April 10, 1955)
    Born in Orcines, France
    Jesuit priest, paleontologist and philosopher
    Wrote 'The Phenomenon of Man' (published posthumously, 1955)
    Claimed evolution is driving the universe to greater complexity which will eventually culminate in the Omega Point in which all human consciousness will fuse into a supreme consciousness
    Stephen Jay Gould suggested that he was one of the hoaxers who created Piltdown Man.
    He was ordered by the Superior General of the Jesuits to leave his teaching position due to his controversial beliefs, particularly concerning the doctrine of original sin.
    The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith officially declared his works 'offensive to Catholic doctrine.'
    Nobel Prize winning biologist Peter Medawar called 'The Phenomenon of Man,' 'nonsense, tricked out with a variety of metaphysical conceits.'
    He won the Legion of Honor for his valor as a stretcher bearer during World War I.
    He was part of the expedition that discovered Peking Man.
    Some critics suggest that his writings about mass consciousness anticipated the internet.
    Pope Benedict XVI praised his 'great vision.'

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