I just spotted another thread where the poster asked "can a modern scientist be religious". I thought about it and I realize that my crazy notions are some of my biggest motivators behind me aspiring to become a scientist. There could be unseen phenomena all around us that is yet to be discovered. Lets say before the EM spectrum was discovered I'm sure there were some people that were sensitive to EM radiation beyond the visible light spectrum and these people may have been considered mystics in the past. I think similarly there is a possibility that our thoughts may project some kind of unseen energy into an unseen medium which our most advanced instruments are incapable of detecting. Maybe the technology to detect them is right under our nose. I think that in time to come a lot of what is considered spirituality will fall into the field of science. Pray for example I think there really is something to it. I think prayer is similar to hypnosis. It is a method people use to bypass their pessimistic logical mind and allow a certain belief to embed itself in the persons mind. They're just a few examples I pulled off the top of my head thats not what motivates me at all I'm more into the ideas of alternate dimensions etc. What about all of you. Do you find that crazy out of this world ideas are a big motivator for learning the principles of physics, chemistry, biology etc?