The Joyous Cosmology: Adventures in the Chemistry of by Alan Watts

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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Richard Rigel frowned and looked around. He didn't like the direction this was going. He wondered when the old woman was going to take their order. He motioned to her to come. When she arrived he ordered ham and eggs and toast and orange juice. The others ordered too. While they were waiting Richard Rigel said that the tide would turn at about ten. He told the author his best strategy was to wait until about nine o'clock, which was the last hour of the flood tide, then go as fast as possible with the ebb tide as far as he could before the tide changed again, moor for the night and wait for the next day's ebb into Manhattan.

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