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The Iranian MetaphysicalsExplorations in Science, Islam, and the Uncanny$
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Alireza Doostdar

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780691163772

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691163772.001.0001

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Specters of Doubt

Specters of Doubt

(p.155) 16 Specters of Doubt
The Iranian Metaphysicals

Alireza Doostdar

Princeton University Press

This chapter examines the Cosmic Mystics' relationship to science and the skepticism against their claims. A hesitation lies at the very heart of Cosmic Mysticism's epistemology, where science is claimed as a privileged path to truth but empirical methods are circumvented at crucial points in favor of intuition and mystical unveiling. According to Mohammad ʻAli Taheri, founder of Cosmic Mysticism, by connecting to the Cosmic Intelligence, one can receive “consciousness” comprising knowledge of both self and world, microcosm and macrocosm. This, he explains, is how he received the knowledge that constitutes the doctrines and practices of Cosmic Mysticism. The chapter considers some of the criticisms against Cosmic Mysticism and its doctrines as well as the skeptical stirrings against Taheri's scientific credentials.

Keywords:   skepticism, Cosmic Mystics, science, epistemology, Cosmic Mysticism, Mohammad ʻAli Taheri, Cosmic Intelligence, consciousness

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