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The Wisdom of the East?

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Inspired by the unique revaluation of Alan Watts on Counter-Currents, I want to share my reflections on two decades of studying the “wisdom of the East” which Watts helped to popularize in his lifetime.

Indeed, I remember when I read Psychotherapy East and West, my first Watts book and also one of the first books I read about Eastern philosophy and religion. Read more …

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“PC is for Squares, Man”
Alan Watts & the Game of Trump

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“Why . . . so . . . serious?” — The Joker[1]

“It’s all a joke.” — The Comedian[2]

“All humane people should admit that they are jokers; that they are playing games and playing tricks. That I am doing it on you—I am most ready to admit this. I hoaxed you all into coming here to tell you . . . what?” [laughs loudly, crowd laughs] — Alan Watts[3]  Read more …

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Don Draper’s Last Diddle
The Finale of Mad Men

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Having followed Mad Men from the start, with initial enthusiasm[1] gradually tempered by the increasingly exposed triumphalist agenda,[2] I found the series finale, pumped (or pimped) by the network as “the end of an era,” Read more …

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Alan Watts a los 100

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Alan Watts es uno de mis escritores favoritos. Hoy es su cumpleaños número 100.

Nació en Chislehurst, Kent, Inglaterra. Watts fue criado anglicano, pero se volvió Budista a los 15 años. En 1941, cuando Watts estaba viviendo en Nueva York, su primera esposa tuvo una visión mística de Jesús. Read more …

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Alan Watts at 100

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Alan Watts is one of my favorite writers. Today is his 100th birthday.

Born in Chislehurst, Kent, England, Watts was raised an Anglican, but became a Buddhist at age 15. In 1941, while Watts was living in New York City, his first wife Eleanor had a mystical vision of Jesus. Read more …

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There & Then:
Personal & Memorial Reflections on Alan Watts (1915-1973)

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Alan Watts–Here and Now: Contributions to Psychology, Philosophy, and Religion
Ed. Peter J. Columbus and Donadrian L. Rice
Albany, NY: SUNY Press, 2012

“It is the peculiar nature of my adolescent explorings of the Devon countryside . . . that made me what I am—and in many other ways besides writing. . . . I have never gained any taste for what lies beyond the experience of solitary discovery. . . . Read more …

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Call for Papers
The Legacy of Alan Watts

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Alan Watts-cartoon animationJanuary 6, 2015 will be the 100th birthday of Alan Watts, the English-born writer on Eastern and Western religion whose work had an immense influence on the Beatniks of the 1950s and the hippies of the 1960s. Watts also had a tremendous influence on my thinking, and, when I published a pair of essays on him at Counter-Currents Read more …

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Call for Papers
The Legacy of Alan Watts

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wattsyoungJanuary 6, 2015 will be the 100th birthday of Alan Watts, the English-born writer on Eastern and Western religion whose work had an immense influence on the Beatniks of the 1950s and the hippies of the 1960s. Watts also had a tremendous influence on my thinking, and, when I published a pair of essays on him at Counter-Currents (here and here), I was delighted to learn that he had influenced a number of other writers in the New Right milieu.

In honor of Watts’s centenary, Counter-Currents will publish an online symposium, with a special focus on what is useful or problematic in his work for the New Right. Read more …

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Le materialisme spirituel d’Alan Watts

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Alan Watts
Does It Matter?: Essays on Man’s Relation to Materiality
New York: Vintage, 1971

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Remembering Alan Watts:
January 6, 1915 to November 16, 1973

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Editor’s Note:

I first published this piece in 2011. I am republishing it as a notification that this time next year, Counter-Currents will publish a symposium in honor of Alan Watts’ 100th birthday. Contact me at editor@counter-currents.com if you wish to write a paper.

Alan Watts is one of my favorite writers. Read more …

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