By Alan Watts
Author note: ahead via Timothy Leary and Richard Alpert, New creation through Daniel Pinchbeck
Publish yr note: First released in 1962
In describing the results of mescaline, Aldous Huxley's The doorways of Perception opened a proverbial door for a iteration of seekers. Watts walked via it with this vintage account of the degrees of perception that consciousness-changing medicinal drugs can facilitate "when followed with sustained philosophical mirrored image by way of someone who's in seek, now not of kicks, yet of understanding." Watts and friends together with foreword authors Timothy Leary and Richard Alpert (then Harvard professors) expected physicists' spotting the individual's "inseparability from the remainder of the world," the paintings of recent Age thinkers who mix medical findings and non secular studies, and federally funded scientific trials using psilocybin to regard numerous stipulations.
More than an artifact, The Joyous Cosmology is either a riveting memoir of Watts's own experiments and a profound meditation on our perennial questions on the character of life and the lifestyles of the sacred.
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