From the Prospective of Wholistic Existential Psychology ( Response to John Smith’s Post of December 20th, 2020

In his latest post in our ongoing dialogue about “Will” (or “Willing”) as an aspect of Human Existence, John Smith offers more clarity to me about the proposition that he initially presented — namely, that “Free Will is an illusion”. My sense now is that Smith has rightly pointed out that my presentation of the theory of Wholistic Existential Anthropology (On the Nature of Reality: A Theory of Everything There is: Medium, June, 2019) has provided only a very minimal conceiving of Phenomenological…

Wholistic Existential Anthropology: Essay Four

The Tao: Painting by Harris W. Stern, Ph.D. 2011

Essay number three in a series explicating a theory of reality which I call Wholistic Existential Anthropology presented evidence in support of conceiving reality as triadic (Medium.Com. December, 2020). This fourth essay is intended to address the question of how “reality” might be conceived to be triadically differentiated within a monadic (unified, singular, systemic, wholistic) theory of everything there is.

The proposal that “reality” be conceived as Wholistic is intended to stress that the conceiving of reality as differentiated into three worlds of reality does not mean that there is conceived to be separation or segmentation within all of “reality”…

Essay Three: Wholistic Existential Anthropology: A Theory of Everything

In Essay One proposing a theory of reality which suggests conceiving of reality as unified and wholistic as well as triadically differentiated, I conceived of three worlds of reality within the totality of everything that is. A simplified diagram representing this way of conceiving reality appears below as Figure One. In this essay I will attempt to provide some support for the conceived triadic structure of reality within my theory of the nature of reality.

I agree with John Smith’s contention that free will is an illusion — in the sense that he defines an illusion as something which is not what it appears to be.

My theory, “Wholistic Existential Anthropology” (see two previous essays) could be summarized as an attempt to show that what people think of as reality is an illusion — in the sense that —

“Reality is not what it appears to be”.

Also, “The distinction between the physical and the mental (or the body and the mind) is not what it appears to be.

Also, “What we mean when we…

Is There A “Natural World” Independent of Human Knowing about it?

Essay Two: Wholistic Existential Anthropology: A Theory of Everything

Separation: Painting by Harris W. Stern, Ph.D. 2012


Essay Number One introducing Wholistic Existential Anthropology as a theory conceived to address the question: “What is the nature of Reality?” was published on Medium. Com on June 17, 2019. The current essay will continue to explicate the theory, proposed structures and processes within it, and will present ideas and examples that suggest how the theory might provide worthwhile solutions to problems, issues and dilemmas that have been extant in previous “Thinking” and writing about the “nature of reality”. …

Conceiving Reality: Wholistic Existential Anthropology by Harris W. Stern, Ph.D.

Triads: Painting by Harris W. Stern, Ph.D. , 2011

“Reality is up for grabs” …….Trapper John………..Mash


Look at the following list of questions:

All Happiness is Individual (and Human)

The truth of the proposition that all happiness (or wellbeing) is individual flows out of understanding that happiness or wellbeing (as well as suffering) only exists within the realm of experience, that is, within an Existence which has consciousness and self-consciousness, at a level of developed complexity which is found only in Human Beings.

There may be other beings in the universe who are as cognitively complex as (or even more so than) Human Beings, but we haven’t met them yet. If we do meet them, they will either be enough like us that their individuality will also be of…

All Wealth is Communal

I am not an economist. I am neither an academic nor a scholar. I call myself a non-technical philosopher. I write as way to develop and explore ideas. I am interested in what is known and how it comes to be known. I also wish to understand how to help more people know what is true. I am interested in promoting values as embodied in the principles of Beauty and Goodness as well as Truth. I seek discussion with anyone who can help me in these efforts.

The statement that all wealth is communal may appear…

Harris W Stern, Ph. D.

A non-technical philosopher and a practicing licensed psychologist/psychotherapist. I have a developing theory which I call Wholistic Existential Anthropology.

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