Seeking the truth is a basic human motivation. Among humans there are two main categories of claimants to the truth: the rational or scientific/mathematical, and the spiritual, religious, or mystical. These two ways of seeking the truth, the rational and the spiritual, both constitute huge areas of human activity. We have science, mathematics, and philosophy on the one hand, with everybody who participates in these activities. We have religion, spirituality, and mysticism on the other hand, with everybody who participates in these activities.
Among seekers of the truth, there are those who see the rational as the only one of these paths bearing merit. There are also those who see the spiritual as the only one of these paths bearing merit. Finally, there are those who see both of them as having merit.
There is significant tension between these two paths, with much criticism of the spiritual coming from the rational side, and vice versa. There is significant difficulty in reconciling the two paths, as they seem to have basic incompatibilities in their ways of approaching things.
I hope to work towards reconciling rationality and spirituality. I hope to reduce the cognitive dissonance involved in lending credibility to both rationality and spirituality, and synthesize their approaches to the extent that this is possible.
One of my basic assumptions will be that both rationality and spirituality have merit as ways of seeking the truth. Those who do not agree with this assumption will find little value in my work. Starting from the assumption that both are valuable, I ask, “how can we unify them?”
I am not out to prove anything to anybody. I am not out to prove spirituality to rational individuals. I am not out to prove rationality to spiritual individuals. Rather I am out to make a dent in a common perplexity with which many of us are afflicted, and in doing so further our seeking of the truth.