American mysticDied when: 88 years 114 days (1059 months)
Star Sign: Pisces
Richard Rose (March 14, 1917 – July 6, 2005) was an American mystic, esoteric philosopher, author, poet, and investigator of paranormal phenomena.He published a number of books and spoke widely in universities and other venues across the country during the 1970s and 1980s.
Rose developed a system which he described as the "retreat from untruth," (see www.richardroseteachings.com) an examination of personal belief systems and lifestyles.
In that system one discards what one finds to be false on a case-by-case basis.He believed a spiritual "Ultimate truth" exists and can be found for oneself with sufficient application of effort, and recommended skeptical approaches such as his.
He studied human psychology, human weakness and human potential, then wrote challenges to psychology, psychiatry, religion, academia, the legal system, and the New Age movement.
His criticism included issues of group-think, dogmatism, financial motives, emotional appeals, and reliance on questionable authorities.