Having just visited DavidB’s REALL page, I would like to voice my unmitigated irritation at the people who have turned Holism into an “unviable” touchie-feelie gobbledegook. My wife is a competent anthropologist who got interested in the work of Jan Christian Smuts (d. 1948), prime minister of South Africa, founder of the League of Nations, and eminent scholar in numerous fields, including philosophy, where he invented the school of thought properly named Holism. As best defined, it says, effectively, the Universe does make sense, but it’s intricate. The best way to get there is to start small and work up. Figure out what you can know about, say, an apple or a piece of rock, integrate the data together, and come up with sensible generalizations. When you’re done, you have a handle on what the world is.
Holism is NOT organic cures for cancer, mystic crystal revelations (from any dimension), or lost Lemurian spirit disciplines.
“No, it isn’t; it’s only the sunset of the Age of Pisces.”