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Noogenesis (Greek: noös=mind + genos=birth) is the third of five stages of evolution described by French Jesuit scientist and philosopher, Pierre Teilhard de Chardin in his first posthumously published book, The Phenomenon of Man (written during 1938–40, published in French: 1955; English: 1959, p. 181). Noogenesis, the emergence of mind, follows geogenesis (beginning of Earth), biogenesis (beginning of life) and anthropogenesis (beginning of humanity), and is followed by Christogenesis, the genesis of the "total Christ", or the pleroma. According to Teilhard, the process of noogenesis moves from mind through spirit and converges to an ultimate goal he describes as the omega point. This idea is a form of orthogenesis, the progressive evolution of the universe due to some known or unknown force towards an utlimate goal.
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