Author Robert Wheeler Scales Beyond the Boundaries of the Mind and Spirit to Explore the Meaning of Life

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New Book Explores the Human Condition through Mountaineering

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Human history and psychology indicate that people have innate psychological needs, including a sense of meaning and purpose in their lives. Robert Wheeler examines this aspect of the human condition in MOUNTAINS AND MINDS, while relating his own personal life experiences in pursuits, to discover how one can make his or her own life meaningful and manageable.

In Wheeler’s work, mountains symbolize obstacles in meeting one’s intrinsic needs, and he shares his own experiences in climbing mountains, using them as examples, both literal and figurative, for exploring the mechanisms by which people pursue the necessities in their lives. The first chapter details an expedition up Mount Fuji that nearly ended in disaster, with the question of why people do such things. Subsequent chapters alternate between mountaineering accounts, and research results on why people feel compelled to pursue difficult tasks. A bottom-up approach supports the final chapter’s proposals of spirituality as a personal trait, nognosticism that recognizes the limitations of knowledge, ecumenical humanism for religious tolerance, and the philosophy of pragmatic pluralism. According to Wheeler, for life to be fulfilling, people need a sense of purpose and coherence that is best met by having both a belief about the unknown, and doubt of its validity.

MOUNTAINS AND MINDS provides a comprehensive roadmap to achieving a well-balanced and rewarding life. Readers seeking to attain betterment of the self and the soul will find Wheeler’s research to be a useful guide in achieving self-actualization.

This book will be featured at the 2013 Book Expo America in New York City, on June 4-6, 2013.

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About the Author
Dr. Robert Wheeler developed a keen interest in the views people have about the 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 and 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.

MOUNTAINS AND MINDS * by Robert Wheeler
Publication Date: January 22, 2011
Trade Paperback; $19.99; 199 pages; 978-1-4535-8059-2
Trade Hardback; $29.99; 199 pages; 978-1-4535-8060-8
eBook; $9.99; 978-1-4535-8061-5

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