The Joyous Cosmology: Adventures in the Chemistry of Consciousness

The Joyous Cosmology: Adventures in the Chemistry of Consciousness


By (author) Alan Watts

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  • Publisher: NEW WORLD LIBRARY
  • Format: Paperback | 128 pages
  • Dimensions: 127mm x 198mm x 13mm | 181g
  • Publication date: 4 June 2013
  • Publication City/Country: Novato, CA
  • ISBN 10: 1608682048
  • ISBN 13: 9781608682041
  • Edition: 2
  • Edition statement: 2nd
  • Illustrations note: 21 Black and White Photos
  • Sales rank: 91,654

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A classic account of the psychedelic experience "The Joyous Cosmology" is Alan Watts's exploration of the insight that the consciousness-changing drugs LSD, mescaline, and psilocybin can facilitate "when accompanied with sustained philosophical reflection by a person who is in search, not of kicks, but of understanding." More than an artifact, it is both a riveting memoir of Watts's personal experiments and a profound meditation on our perennial questions about the nature of existence and the existence of the sacred. "Includes Watts's article "Psychedelics and Religious Experience""

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Spiritual philosopher Alan Watts, student of Buddhism, Anglican minister, chaplain at Northwestern University, and author of more than twenty books, died in 1973.

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"Alan Watts describes with startling clarity and poetic beauty his drug-induced experiences." -- "Contemporary Psychology" ""The Joyous Cosmology" is a carrier wave of information and insight, which has lost none of its subtlety, suppleness, or zest." -- from the new introduction by Daniel Pinchbeck, author of "Breaking Open the Head" "A stirring introduction to one of mankind's newest self-examinations." -- "Newsweek"