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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Where do we go from here? He has an intuitive sensitivity for news, for the crucial issues and events of the century. At any rate, they forbid a premature closing of our accounts with reality. Some will certainly not be able to relate. This radical separation of the part controlling from the part controlled changed man from a self-controlling to a self-frustrating organism, to the embodied conflict and self-contradiction that he has been throughout his known history.

The lowbrow way of forgetting oneself is to get drunk, to be diverted with entertainments, or to exploit such natural means of self-transcendence as sexual intercourse. I become curiously affectionate and intimate with all that seemed alien. Ordinarily I am lost in a maze. The manners and mores of Western civilization force this perpetual sanity upon us to an extreme degree, for there is no accepted corner in our lives for the art of pure nonsense.

But man does not live by consciousness alone, for the linear, step-by-step, contrast-by-contrast procedure of attention is quite inadequate for organizing anything so complex as a living body.

But I qualified as an expert insofar as I had also a considerable intellectual knowledge of the psychology and philosophy of religion: The good old sonofabitch who got me involved in this whole game. From such elements as the design of a Chinese house, a Scarlatti sonata, a topological formula, and a verse from the Upanishads, the players will elucidate a common theme and develop its application in numerous directions.

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Looking at the successful men, they see completely boring lives. For what consciousness overlooks is the fact that all boundaries and divisions are held in common by their opposite sides and areas, so that when a boundary changes its shape both sides move together. Similarly, in my investigations of LSD or psilocybin, I usually started with some such theme as polarity, transformation as of food into organismcompetition for survival, the relation of the abstract to the concrete, or of Logos to Eros, and then allowed my heightened perception to elucidate the theme in terms of certain works of art or music, of some natural object as a fern, a flower, or a sea shell, of a religious or mythological archetype it might be the Massand even of personal relationships with those who happened to be with me at the time.


This is a truly wonderful book, I wouldn’t recommend it for anyone who hasn’t had a psychedelic experience, joyois it will sound like the ramblings of an insane man, but for those who have, you will truly understand the beauty in Alan’s words. The whole fabulous complexity of vegetable and animal life, as of human civilization, is just a colossal elaboration of the Eenie-Weenie trying to make the Eenie-Weenie.

A seed, floating in its white sunburst of down, drifts across the sky, sighing with the sound of a jet plane xosmology above. It is thus that we fail to recognize what the ego, the agent, or the conscious will is.

It is the time of biological rhythm, not of the clock and all that goes with the clock. But then, maybe not. Somehow the atmosphere of Hindu mythology and imagery slid into them, suggesting at the same time that Hindu philosophy was a local form of a sort of undercover wisdom, inconceivably ancient, which everyone knows in the back of his mind but will not admit.

Thanks for telling us about the problem. But at the same time color and light are the gift of the eye to the leaf and the sun. One can see, for example, that the shape of a leaf is its color. Hofmann in the course of studying the properties of the ergot fungus. For when it really comes down to it, what do any of us know? Aug 28, Mick McAuley rated it liked it.

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The principle is that all dualities and opposites are not disjoined but polar; they do not encounter and confront one another from afar; they exfoliate from a common center. Another from Alan Watts, creator rest his soul, that is just unbelievably well done. But here the depth of light and structure in a bursting bud go on forever.

We can then discover that the “knower” is no different from the sensation of the “known,” whether the known be “external” objects or “internal” thoughts and memories. Refresh and try cosmllogy.

A book for someone who has enough experience in this arena But then I recognize that it is the “intelligence” of the seed to have just such delicate antennae of silk that, in an environment of wind, it can move. Oct 12, Justin Iatropoulos rated it it was amazing.


Instead, my individual being seems to grow out from the rest of the universe like a hair from a aaln or a limb from a body, so that my center is also the center of the whole. Because one stops forcing experience with the conscious will and looking at things as if one were confronting them, or standing aside from them to manage them, it is possible for one’s fundamental and qatts apprehension of the world to rise to the surface.

He moves it or it moves him. Adventures in the Chemistry of Consciousness by Alan W. We thought of our conscious intelligence as descending from a higher realm to take possession of a physical vehicle.

The Joyous Cosmology: Adventures in the Chemistry of Consciousness

Aug 02, mis fit rated it really liked it Shelves: Mar 01, Arnold Wanker rated it really liked it Shelves: He seems to come up with so many of them with such ease than all that one can do is to admire him and consider him an eminent wordsmith.

I was very much looking forwardto reading this book as it is the only collaberation that I know of between my two favorite thinkers ever Such laws are unenforceable because any competent chemist can manufacture LSD, or a close equivalent, and the substance can be disguised as anything from aspirin to blotting-paper.

Here the present is self-sufficient, but it is not a static present.

The feeling that there is something wrong in all this revolves around a contradiction characteristic of all civilizations. The drug is just an instrument. Thus when Buddhists say that reality is “void” they mean simply that life, the pattern-in-process, does not proceed from or fall upon some substantial basis.

In the end the book is about him tripping hard on some really jyoous psychedelics. The realization that mind and body, form and matter, are one joylus blocked, however, by ages of semantic confusion and psychological prejudice. It is this vivid realization of the reciprocity of will and world, active and passive, inside and outside, self and not-self, which evokes the aspect of these experiences that is most puzzling from the standpoint of ordinary consciousness: As might be expected, there were accidents.

A taste of the mystical, like swimming with waterwings, perhaps. Every household contains things of potential danger: