St. Louis, MO, June 29, 2012 --(PR.com
)-- History and psychology indicate that people have psychological needs including a sense of meaning and purpose in their lives. Mountains symbolize obstacles in meeting these needs, and experiences in climbing mountains provide a vehicle both actually and figuratively for exploring associated mechanisms and impacts.
The first chapter relates a personal experience climbing Mount Fuji that nearly ended in disaster, with the question of why people do such things. Subsequent chapters alternate between mountain climbing experiences and research results about why people pursue difficult tasks. A bottom-up approach supports the final chapter’s proposals of spirituality as a personality trait, nognosticism that recognizes knowledge is limited, ecumenical humanism for religious tolerance, and the philosophy of pragmatic pluralism.
Mountains And Minds
Author: Robert Wheeler
Published: November 2010
About The Author:
Dr. Robert Wheeler developed a keen interest in the view people have about meaning and purpose in their lives during 20 years of military experience working with people of various cultures as an infantryman, aviator, engineer, advisor, and research & development coordinator.
For another 20 years, he filled positions in academia where his major work was research about personality characteristics that contribute to health, well-being, and performance. He developed measuring instruments and performed analyses for health promotion programs to assist participants, determine effectiveness, and increase knowledge of health enhancement and quality of life improvement.
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