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Dr. Tsipursky has done a terrific job approaching this important topic from a scientific perspective. He not only demonstrates that we don’t need to imagine the supernatural to find a purpose in life, but he shows how modern research in fields such as cognitive psychology and neuroscience provide demonstrable strategies that allow us to create a purpose—our own purpose.

- Dr. Bo Bennett holds a Doctorate in Psychology, hosts “The Dr. Bo Show,” and wrote Logically Fallacious and Year to Success

A unique and intriguing project, well-researched, and well worth your testing out in practice. No one has done anything like this before. And it's a field much in need of work like this.

- Dr. Richard Carrier holds a Doctorate in History and wrote Sense and Goodness without God and On the Historicity of Jesus: Why We Might Have Reason for Doubt

Dr. Tsipursky has done a great job bringing the power of meaning and purpose to the rational and scientific among us. This topic is so frequently treated as a purely religious or spiritual inquiry that it can be a very difficult process for the skeptically-minded. The need for meaning is a fundamentally human one, and no belief system can claim ownership of it.

As a math major from MIT and a former software developer, it would have been a blessing to me to have this book when I began my search for purpose! Well done, Dr. Tsipursky.

- Tim Kelley is Founder of the True Purpose® Institute and wrote True Purpose: Twelve Strategies for Discovering the Difference You Are Meant to Make

Perhaps you have wondered to yourself, “What is my meaning and purpose in life?” If so, you have plenty of company in the wondering department but may struggle to come up with answers to that question. Well, if you are ready to explore, then Gleb Tsipursky’s workbook, Find Your Purpose Using Science , may be just what you are looking for to get the exploration going. Tsipursky, a college professor and scholar of scientific and research-based approaches to answering big questions has put together a step by step guide to help you reflect on what you really and truly care about, match that with what you are actually doing with your life, and set up a plan to move toward more meaningful and purposeful living. Along the way, Tsipursky highlights the personal stories of people who, as he does himself, discover unexpected and positive energy for living life in a meaningful and fulfilling way.

- Bart Worden is the Executive Director of the American Ethical Union

Find Your Purpose Using Science clearly is one of the centerpieces of humanist education, and it should be. In my position as an American Humanist Association Education Consultant and former Director of the Kochhar Humanist Education Center, I am in the most fortunate position of recommending it to the AHA’s chapters and affiliates. It should serve as one of the centerpieces of our educational program since it provides clear and practical research-based strategies for figuring out a personal sense of life’s meaning and purpose.

- Dr. Bob Bhaerman holds a Doctorate of Education with a specialty in curricular development and is an American Humanist Association Educational Consultant and former Director of the Kochhar Humanist Education Center

Professor Tsipursky shows us that, while there is no obvious purpose to life, meaning is ours for the making. Science shows us how meaning-making is important for our happiness, and especially how community helps us discover what truly fulfills us, then helps us act on it.

- Maria Greene is the Executive Director of the Unitarian Universalist Humanist Association

Dr. Gleb Tsipursky departs from the affirmation of the late Dr. Stephen Jay Gould, which suggests that the scientific method and religious approaches are differing magisteria, that is, they are asking distinct sets of questions, which, even when they overlap a bit, remain focused on different values. In Tsipursky’s view, justice issues, meaning, value and even purpose issues, which are central to many religious people, can be generated very clearly from evidence based studies that use the scientific method. For conservative evangelicals like Rick Warren, there can be no purpose without a biblical warrant. Dr. Tsipursky, without rancor, demonstrates successfully to my mind that this is simply not true, and that one can live not only an ethical and moral life without religion, but a responsible, compassionate and justice-seeking life. I found it insightful throughout.

- Rev. Dr. Mark Belletini holds a Doctorate of Divinity Degree, is a senior minister at the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Columbus, and wrote Nothing Gold Can Stay: The Colors of Grief

Find Your Purpose Using Science is an effective reason-based path to deepen meaning and connect with your life's purpose. Using techniques supported by his own research and that of dozens of other scholars, Dr. Tsipursky guides readers through proven purpose discovery exercises. With his warm, engaging, and vulnerable style he shares his own personal struggle, and that of many others, to reconcile the world of science and reason with the more elusive and subtle pingings of the human heart – to create a life that is larger than oneself.

He guides readers through a number of activities to create their own narrative from within, to reveal their life's purpose, align their entire life with it, guide them in times of uncertainty,  chaos and despair, and empower them to achieve the impossible. Dr. Tsipurky's voice is unique, speaking to the hope, idealism, angst and empowerment of the current global population, the largest population in human history, who are uniquely suited to remake our world with their life's purpose, and use science to approach life's big question, “Why am I here?”

- Brandon Peele, Global Purpose Advocate,, Founder & Purpose Coach, The EVR1 Institute

Dr. Gleb Tsipursky’s book Find Your Purpose Using Science provides a great overview of the subject. It is a must read for those who are charting their trajectory in life and are seeking to create their own meaning and purpose.

- Mark W. Gura is a TV/radio Host, the Executive Director of the Association of Mindfulness Meditation and Secular Buddhism, and wrote Exploring Your Life: Mindfulness Meditation and Secular Spirituality and Atheist Meditation Atheist Spirituality.

Filled with thought provoking exercises as well information on what research has shown works to provide meaning and purpose to people’s lives. While Dr. Tsipursky doesn’t answer the question of what your purpose in life is, he does guide you so that you can discover for yourself what your highest order goals really are. Knowing what you really want to accomplish in life provides a foundation for you to live your life, fully and with purpose.

- Jennifer Hancock is the Director of Humanist Learning Systems and wrote The Humanist Approach to Happiness: Practical Wisdom and The Humanist Approach to Grief and Grieving