• Spiritual and Religious beliefs as motivation & drive: "1. selectivity" in neuroscience; 2. religion and spirituality - meaning systems designed for social relationships 3. Gergen: "Perhaps events... necessitated God" + Prism Spirituality Paradigm

    Charles Peck Jr (see profile)
    Cultural Studies, Narrative theory and Narratology, Positive Psychology, Psychology and Neuroscience, Public Humanities
    Evolution, Evolution (Biology), Evolutionary psychology, Psychology, Emotions, Emotions and cognition, Neurosciences, Motivation (Psychology), Subconsciousness
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    1. Motivation: Spiritual beliefs as a Drive or Motivation. When you talk to "spiritual people" - spiritual beliefs are not just a motivation but a very profound source of inspiration and a powerful drive. In contrast spirituality as a motivation is conspicuously absent from much of academia proper. Beginning in 2017, I did substantial research. Specifically, an important area of interest was idealism – as in Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr (both of who were very spiritual) not to mention Moses or Isaiah or the numerous old testament prophets who spoke out about injustice. a scholar of religious had not heard of any as well S. Schindler, Dr. Wong, Dr Emmons, Dr. Park, etc. In the five psychology of religion textbooks I have, there was no mention of spiritual or religious beliefs as a motivation or drive. I messaged five ‘official’ anthropology professors engaged at the time in a discussion that question and got no response. Spiritual and religious beliefs as a drive and motivation is self-evident in light of thousands of years of spiritual and religious beliefs – not to mention millions and millions of churches and temples. To get Gobekli Tepe built there had to have been motivation.
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