Jonathan Doner

Jonathan Doner has a Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University. He is an independent scholar, a consultant, and an artist. His psychological work is concerned with understanding intelligence as a general property of natural information systems and with the development of a phenomenological understanding of the spectrum of transcendent experience.


Psychological Research and Consulting (DP/DS) –

Digital and Conceptual Artist –


Ph.D. (Psychology), 1980, Vanderbilt University; Harold S. Vanderbilt Scholar.

B.S. (Biology), 1975, Pennsylvania State University; Cum Laude; Honors in Psychology.

Yondan (4th degree Black Belt in Aikido), 2006, International Ki Society; Associate Ki Lecturer, Joden in Shin Shin Toitsu Do

Professional Organizations:

American Psychological Association

 Div. 24 - Society for Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology (STPP)

 Div. 32 – Society for Humanistic Psychology (SHP)

 Div. 36 - Society for the Psychology of Religion and Spirituality (SPRS)

Common Ground Networks, Religion in Society Knowledge Community

International Association for the Psychology of Religion (IAPR)

International Society for Theoretical Psychology (ISTP)

Society for the Scientific Study of Religion (SSSR)


Doner, J. (2017). Rebirth of paideia: Ultimacy and the game of games, Education Philosophy and Theory, Advanced Online Access. pp. 1-9, doi: 10.1080/00131857.2017.1374848

Doner, J. (2017). Evolution in information-driven systems. In G. Sullivan, J, Cresswell, B. Ellis, M. Morgan, and E. Schraube (Eds.), Resistance and Renewal in Theoretical Psychology (pp. 88-99). Concord, Ontario: Captus University Publications..

Doner, Jonathan. (2017). The Heart Dwells in Emptiness: On the Relationship between the Deep Heart of Zacharias and Hongzhi’s Empty Field. The International Journal of Religion and Spirituality in Society 7 (2): 49-59. doi:10.18848/2154-8633/CGP/v07i02/49-59.

Doner, J. and Bourgeois, L.J., Universal Mind in a Practical World. Darden Business Publishing, UVA-S-0286. Nov. 1, 2016.

Doner, J. (2015) Zero information practice: The foundation of spiritual experience. The International Journal of Religion and Spirituality in Society, Volume 5, Issue 4, pp.1-15. Published online: June 11, 2015 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 423.062KB)).

Doner, J. (2013). Whence God? The individual and social origins of ultimate concern, Advances in the Study of Information and Religion: Vol. 3, Article 3.

Doner, Jonathan (2012) The Nature and Consequences of Informational Differences in Exoteric vs. Esoteric Spiritual Practices, Advances in the Study of Information and Religion: Vol. 2 , Article 2.

Doner, J. (2008), The origin and nature of intelligence. In J. Dillon & M.-E. Zovko (Eds.), Platonism and Forms of Intelligence. Proceedings of the International Symposium, Hvar, 2006 (pp. 25 – 38). Berlin: Akademie Verlag.

Doner, J. (1999). Dipole information complementarity in discrete 2D patterns. Journal of Mathematical Psychology, 43, 355-393.

Clawson, J.G. & Doner, J. (1996). Teaching leadership through Aikido. Journal of Management Education, 20, 182-205.

Doner, J. (1989). Aiki-Zen, Aikido Today Magazine, 3, 37.

Narathong, C., Inigo, R.M., Doner, J. and McVey, E. (1988). A target tracking algorithm using a sensor with biological visual features. Int. J. Mach. Tool & Manuf., 53, 119-127.

Doner, J. (1988). Information processing in cellular automata. Mathematical and Computer Modeling, 11, 351-356.

Hinds, S. and Doner, J. (1987). Organization based pattern learning and recognition.  Proceedings - IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man and Cybernetics, 724-729.

Doner, J., Adams, A. and Merickel, M. (1986). An organizational approach to texture analysis, Proceedings - Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition, 431-434.

Doner, J., (1985). Image processing based on image organization, Proceedings - 19th Asilomar Conference on Circuits, Systems and Computers, 248-252.

Doner, J., Lappin, J. and Perfetto, G., (1984). The detection of 3-dimensional structure in moving optical patterns, Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 10, 1-11.

Lappin, J., Doner, J. and Kottas, B., (1980). Minimal conditions for the detection of structure and motion in three dimensions, Science, 209, 717-719.

Doner, J. and Lappin, J. (1980). The function and process of perception. A reply to Ullman, Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 3, 383-384.

Doner, J. (1980) The Dynamics of Cognitive Transformation. Doctoral Dissertation, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN.

In Preparation

Doner, J. (in preparation). Principles of Everyday Transcendence: Phenomenology and the Practice of Universal Mind. For submission to The Humanistic Psychologist.

Doner, J. (in preparation). The Efficacy of Information: On the Realization of Natural Intelligence. For submission to Journal of Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology.

Doner, J. (in preparation) Evolution beyond evolution: The Inheritance of Experience Through Culture. Wales, U.K.: Mellen Press.

Art Exhibitions:

Current Masters 5, WWAB, January, 2018.

Chester International Art Fair, Chester, UK, 2017.

 “Artist of the Month”, Brampton Framing, Huntingdon, UK, 2017.

New York Art Expo 2017, WWAB/Artiva, NY, NY.

Metropolitan Gallery of Las Vegas, Las Vegas, NV, 2017.

Oxford International Art Fair, February, 2017, Oxford, England

International Contemporary Masters 11, WWAB, December, 2016.

13th VMRC Fine Art Exhibition, June to August, 2016, Harrisonburg, VA

“Relativity” Small Group Exhibition, March, 2016, Marzia Frozen Gallery, Berlin, Germany

Oxford International Art Fair, February, 2016, Oxford, England

ART UpCLOSE: World Edition 2015, New York, NY.

“Little Treasures” Exhibition, November, 2015, Trevisan International Art, Bologna, Italy

Amsterdam International Art Fair, August, 2015, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Tokyo International Art Exposition, May, 2015, Tokyo, Japan

11th VMRC Fine Art Exhibition, June to August, 2014, Harrisonburg, VA

10th VMRC Fine Art Exhibition, June to August, 2013, Harrisonburg, VA

7th VMRC Fine Art Exhibition, June to August, 2010, Harrisonburg, VA

6th VMRC Fine Art Exhibition, June to August, 2009, Harrisonburg, VA – Purchase Award

ArtiSpectrum Magazine, Spring 2009

Altered States of Reality, Agora Gallery, Nov. 19 – Dec. 9, 2008, Chelsea, NYC, NY

Re.Action Exhibition, Annmarie Garden Sculpture Park and Art Center, May 30 – Sept. 8, 2008, Solomons, MD

C & O Gallery, August, 2006, Charlottesville, VA

Krescent Moon Gallery, Spring, 2006, Staunton, VA

Starr Hill Gallery, October/November, 2005, Charlottesville, VA


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Digital and Conceptual Artist –