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The Joyous Cosmology is a brilliant arrangement of words describing This is, of course, exactly the distinction which Alan Watts wants us to transcend. But Mr. The Joyous Cosmology is Alan Watts’s exploration of the insight that the consciousness-changing drugs LSD, mescaline, and psilocybin can. “To begin with, this world has a different kind of time. It is the time of biological rhythm, not of the clock and all that goes with the clock. There is.

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But jyous is only pretense when it is assumed that the act is not true to the agent. Once the split occurred conscious intelligence began to serve its own ends instead of those of the organism that produced it.

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Feb 16, Jesse D. I catch it by one hair between thumb and index finger, and am astonished to watch this little creature actually wiggling and pulling as if it were struggling to get away.

Indian philosophers have described hundreds of methods. In The Joy Alan watts was an interesting character. Mar 06, Roberto Tatasciore rated it it was amazing. THIS IS, as I have said, a record not of one experiment with consciousness-changing drugs, but of several, compressed for reasons of poetic unity into a single day. Ordinary people look like gods because the values of the organism are uppermost, and the concerns of consciousness fall back into the subordinate position which they should properly hold.

We may go through life without suspecting their existence; but apply the requisite stimulus, and at a touch they are there in all their completeness, definite types of mentality which probably somewhere have their field of application and adaptation. Instead of being a body he “has” a body. While his views on drugs are interesting and probably ahead of his time I sometimes feel as though some of Alan Watts’s descriptions of his cosmology can’t possibly be improved upon.

Now a law against LSD is simply unenforceable because the substance is tasteless and colorless, because effective dosages can be confined, in vast amounts, to minute spaces, and because it can be disguised as almost anything drinkable or eatable from gin to blotting paper. They are playing possum. It carries Gestalt psychology, which insists on the mutual interdependence of figure and background, to its logical conclusion in every aspect of life and thought; so that the voluntary and the involuntary, knowing and the known, birth and decay, good and evil, outline and inline, self and other, solid and space, motion and rest, light and darkness, are seen as aspects of a single and completely perfect process.


Our difficulty is that we have perverted the Sabbath into a day for laying on rationality and listening to sermons instead of letting off steam. How Einstein Saw the World. They, too, should be encouraged and also assisted with all the care and wisdom at our disposal.

But this is like using a giant computer to play tick-tack-toe, and the hours of heightened perception are wasted unless occupied with sustained reflection or meditation upon whatever themes may be suggested. Of course, that must, in part, be due to English not being my native language. The dualism of mind and body arose, perhaps, as a clumsy way of describing the power of an intelligent organism to control itself.

Perhaps a couple of powerful entheogenic experiences are indeed the correct required “reading” for tackling it. Alan Watts Effs the inEffable: As Lao-tzu said, “The scholar gains every day, but the Taoist loses every day. How unfamiliarly natural it is to see pain as no longer a problem. At the same time, some of these amateurs, mainly graduate students in chemistry with a mission to “turn people on,” produced some tolerably good LSD.

Surely a continuous view of the world is more whole, more holy, more joyuos, than one cosology which there is a yawning emptiness between the Cause and its effects. Much is to be gained with the literary exploration of such naturally and chemically induced states of mind. He ignores, as beneath notice, the astounding perfection of his organism as a whole, and this is why, in most people, there is such a deplorable disparity between the intelligent and marvelous order of their bodies and the trivial preoccupations of their consciousness.

He has an coosmology sensitivity for news, for the crucial issues and events of the century. Now consciousness, sense perception, is always a sensation of contrasts.

I am listening to a priest chanting the Mass and a choir of nuns responding. After all, I had made only one experiment and there was something of an art to getting it really working. The two seem like egg and hen, or like back and front. But I am still more concerned with the gap between theoretical description and direct experience among scientists themselves. My love for you is identical with my love for myself. Sometimes the image of the physical world is not so much a dance of gestures as a woven texture.

Life seems to resolve itself down to a tiny germ or nipple of sensitivity. I do not believe that this state of doublethink can last.

The Joyous Cosmology: Adventures in the Chemistry of Consciousness

The standard dosage of each substance maintains its effects for from five to eight hours, and the experience is often so deeply revealing and moving that one hesitates to approach it again until it has been thoroughly “digested,” and this may be a matter of months. Standing in the midst of Ella’s garden I feel, with a peace so deep that it sings to be shared with all the world, that at last I belong, that I have returned to the home behind home, that I have come into the inheritance unknowingly bequeathed from all my ancestors since the beginning.


The question is by no means absurd if it is true that what afflicts us is a sickness not just of the mind but of the organism, of the very functioning of the nervous system and the brain. This entry was posted in Creative Systems Thinking and tagged Alan Wattsallancreative universeecologyimaginationinterdependencenature’s paradigmpsychologysystems thinkingwisdomzen.

It is a specialization in differences, in noticing, and nothing is definable, classifiable, or noticeable except by contrast with something else. This is simply to say that the use of such powerful medicines is not to be taken lightly, as one smokes a cigarette or tosses down a cocktail.

His book is both an objective evaluation of the drugs in question and a record of his own experiences with them although more the latter than the former. The practical difficulty is that Taoism and Zen are so involved with the forms of Far Eastern culture that it is a major problem to adapt them to Western needs. It wears a striking resemblance to the unfamiliar universe that physicists and biologists are trying to describe here and now.

By means of this fiction the child is taught to control himself and conform himself to the requirements of social life. And perhaps a reawakening for someone who had made the journey before, or an insight for a person well practiced in something like Yoga or Zen.

This is pre-eminently the way of Zen, and occasionally that of psychoanalysis. The play is hide-and-seek or lost-and-found, and it is all part of the play that one can get very lost indeed. You are commenting using your Facebook account. This is, of course, exactly the distinction which Alan Watts wants us to transcend.

If anything, the former is a more intelligent use of effort than the latter. I am speaking, of course, of mescaline the active ingredient of the peyote cactuslysergic acid diethylamide a modified ergot alkaloidand psilocybin a derivative of the mushroom Psilocybe mexicana. But in the end it revolves back to what one is in the immediate present, for the moment of the world’s creation is seen to lie, not in some unthinkably remote past, but in the eternal now.