The Joyous Cosmology Adventures in the Chemistry of Consciousness Alan W Watts 1965


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“The Joyous Cosmology” subtitled “Adventures in the Chemistry of Consciousness”by Alan W. Watts and foreword by Timothy Leary. Published by Vintage Books in 1965, the book is a soft cover measuring 5 x 8 inches with 100 pages; the price of $1.95 is printed on the front cover. It is in very good gently used condition with some wear / tears to the covers, flipping through quickly, the pages appear clean and unmarked.


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. 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.

Alan Wilson Watts (6 January 1915 – 16 November 1973) was a British-born American philosopher, writer, and speaker, best known as an interpreter and populariser of Eastern philosophy for a Western audience. Born in Chislehurst, England, he moved to the United States in 1938 and began Zen training in New York. Pursuing a career, he attended Seabury-Western Theological Seminary, where he received a master’s degree in theology. Watts became an Episcopal priest in 1945, then left the ministry in 1950 and moved to California, where he joined the faculty of the American Academy of Asian Studies.

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Weight 15 oz
Dimensions 10 × 10 × 3 in