Tagged with alan watts

Alan Watts on Science, Christianity:

“There’s a kind of a plan, and everything responds and obeys that plan. In the 18th century, Western Intellectuals began to suspect this idea. What they suspected is, whether there is a law maker, an architect of the universe… and they found out, or they reasoned, because you don’t have to suppose that there is. … Continue reading

The Thinking Mind, or Feynman’s Joy of Not Knowing

I’ve been listening to the catchy Symphony of Science songs, and in light of the stuff I’ve been reading (Aurobindo/Zen literature), it’s given me a new perspective on things. As the scientist Richard Feynman is well known for expressing, there is a joy in not-knowing something. It’s not scary, it’s exciting! There is always something … Continue reading

To Know that You are God

If you like this, you also might want to check out dj rekluse‘s new musical meditation. Featuring this Watts clip among some other great ones.

“Jesus and His Religion,” Alan Watts.

Translation “I am a son of God,” well there’s the whole thing in a nutshell. If you read the King James Bible… You will see in italics, in front of the words “son of God,” the “son of God.” Most people think the italics are for emphasis. They’re not. The italics indicate words interpolated by … Continue reading

“The heart of the matter is that we are living in a culture which has been hypnotized with symbols- words, numbers, measures, quantities and images- and that we mistake them for, and prefer them to, physical reality. We believe that the proof of the pudding is in the chemical analysis, not in the eating. This … Continue reading

Mystical experiences.

“Inability to accept the mystic experience is more than an intellectual handicap. The lack of awareness of the basic unity of organism and environment is a serious and dangerous hallucination.” — Alan Watts

Wholes and parts, Manuel Delanda, organic philosophy…

Following the philosophy of Deleuze, Manuel Delanda has explored a more sophisticated, messier and non-linear nature to reality. Mostly uncommon to western thinking, though not absent, is the idea of an organic view of the world: of interconnected processes that don’t necessarily have intention, purpose, that aren’t like cogs in a machine to be broken … Continue reading

In My Own Way

I’m reading Watts’ autobiography. I’ve been browsing it, really, picking out a chapter here and there. In the beginning of the book, he recommends that we take a free-flowing attitude, because there is no linear story in the words. So far, here are some things I have picked up while floating down his “way.” I’ll … Continue reading

Reading List

Just took these out of the library: In My Own Way is a nice look into the mind of Watts. It’s interesting to see how he was raised, compared to myself and my friends of todays. He even mentions a philosopher professor who actually believed in pre-determinism. On the other hand, their cafeteria was full … Continue reading