Purpose Research had its origin in 2006 as The Center for the Analysis, Evaluation, and Study of Academic Research (CAESAR). Several articles came out of this work, including published pieces addressing ethical issues in persistent vegetative states as well as assumptions involved in research on nature vs. nurture and on the efficacy of prayer.
Out of this exploratory process, Purpose Research was formally incorporated in 2009; its primary mission is to actively explore and present a dimensional understanding of the human being. This dimensional viewpoint was best expressed by Viktor Frankl, who stated that we live in a multidimensional world, to include soma (the physical body), psyche (our emotions and mind), and the noëtic (the human spirit). The noëtic dimension is defined by Frankl as “that which makes us different from the animals” and includes uniquely human concepts such as free will, responsibility, choice, and even the symbol systems for music, math, and science.
Purpose Research is committed to the development and dissemination of ideas, images, and dialogue that integrate this noëtic dimension in human living. We are also committed to the examination of hidden assumptions in research methods and human theory that preclude a full understanding of human experience.
Our scope is wide: from graphic design, copyediting, and publishing books and manuscripts and the development of training programs to the preparation of presentations at regional, national, and international conferences and publication of academic articles.