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Martijn Schirp (@martijn)3 years, 5 months ago ago

I love this guy, read almost all of his books and listened hours to him. It’s all the same philosophy/psychology really but he has such a wit for them that you learn something new every time. Must watch!

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Martijn Schirp (@martijn)3 years, 5 months ago ago

I love this guy, read almost all of his books and listened hours to him. It’s all the same philosophy/psychology really but he has such a wit for them that you learn something new every time. Must watch!

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CosmicLemonade (@cosmiclemonade)3 years, 5 months ago ago

What books did you enjoy and what did you get from them?

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CosmicLemonade (@cosmiclemonade)3 years, 5 months ago ago

What books did you enjoy and what did you get from them?

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Martijn Schirp (@martijn)3 years, 5 months ago ago

The Wisdom of Insecurity, The Book: On the Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are, This is It, Cloud Hidden-Whereabouts unknown are my favorites, but in general, you can’t go wrong. (Allthough I just read Still The Mind, also by AW, but thought it was really basic).

His general ideas come from his insights into the interconnectedness of all things. He uses many metaphors that makes it apparant that we, without our environment, couldn’t exist, that, in the same way our environment influences us, we influence the environment.

I learned that the normal idea of who or what I am was not correct, or complete. That ideas are abstract concepts symbolizing reality that walk a linear path and that they never completely describe how things are because it is based in exclusion, in duality.

Meh, guess it’s kinda hard to summarize, read some of his works, its pure poetry, and come back to the topic! :)

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Martijn Schirp (@martijn)3 years, 5 months ago ago

The Wisdom of Insecurity, The Book: On the Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are, This is It, Cloud Hidden-Whereabouts unknown are my favorites, but in general, you can’t go wrong. (Allthough I just read Still The Mind, also by AW, but thought it was really basic).

His general ideas come from his insights into the interconnectedness of all things. He uses many metaphors that makes it apparant that we, without our environment, couldn’t exist, that, in the same way our environment influences us, we influence the environment.

I learned that the normal idea of who or what I am was not correct, or complete. That ideas are abstract concepts symbolizing reality that walk a linear path and that they never completely describe how things are because it is based in exclusion, in duality.

Meh, guess it’s kinda hard to summarize, read some of his works, its pure poetry, and come back to the topic! :)

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CosmicLemonade (@cosmiclemonade)3 years, 5 months ago ago

I loved The Book and all his recordings. I just read still the mind as well, but I think it was just a bunch of transcribed recordings that I already listened to many times. I’ve also read his autobiography In My Own Way and it’s fantastic.

Theres a documentary in the works by his son but it needed funding last time I checked.

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CosmicLemonade (@cosmiclemonade)3 years, 5 months ago ago

I loved The Book and all his recordings. I just read still the mind as well, but I think it was just a bunch of transcribed recordings that I already listened to many times. I’ve also read his autobiography In My Own Way and it’s fantastic.

Theres a documentary in the works by his son but it needed funding last time I checked.

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CosmicLemonade (@cosmiclemonade)3 years, 5 months ago ago

It also interests me that Trey Parker and Matt Stone seem to hate and make fun of everyone and everything through south park, but then they go and make animations for this guy Alan Watts on youtube. It seems they really do enjoy some things in life besides curse words and fart jokes. South Park is the shit though for sure.

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CosmicLemonade (@cosmiclemonade)3 years, 5 months ago ago

It also interests me that Trey Parker and Matt Stone seem to hate and make fun of everyone and everything through south park, but then they go and make animations for this guy Alan Watts on youtube. It seems they really do enjoy some things in life besides curse words and fart jokes. South Park is the shit though for sure.

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Martijn Schirp (@martijn)3 years, 5 months ago ago

Here’s the full one: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BE5M8743a1s

I don’t think south park is randomly picking on people, I think they are really smart and use incredible metaphors for things happening in our society that are, well, just ridiculous.

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Martijn Schirp (@martijn)3 years, 5 months ago ago

Here’s the full one: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BE5M8743a1s

I don’t think south park is randomly picking on people, I think they are really smart and use incredible metaphors for things happening in our society that are, well, just ridiculous.

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CosmicLemonade (@cosmiclemonade)3 years, 5 months ago ago

I totally agree with you on that. I watch every episode as soon as they post it on the internet because I don’t have TV.

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CosmicLemonade (@cosmiclemonade)3 years, 5 months ago ago

I totally agree with you on that. I watch every episode as soon as they post it on the internet because I don’t have TV.

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Jared Edwards (@jaredwards)3 years, 1 month ago ago

Beautiful. Haven’t read much Watts in a while. I will definitely be getting more soon.

Also, I need his coat…

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Martijn Schirp (@martijn)3 years ago ago

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Hitomi (@kidvisions)3 years ago ago

I think that this is one of the best things I have ever discovered so far!Thank you all! Thank you Syn Ther!! :)

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Brent (@sunnynook)2 years, 12 months ago ago

I got into him about 3 months ago. I find he explains things well and its easy to understand and ‘see’ his analogies.

I will try find books by him soon. Got heaps of audiotapes of him but keen for a book

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Em (@emily)2 years, 12 months ago ago

Alan Watts is somewhat new to me…it was all you guys who turned me onto him.. this one cracks me up :)

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CosmicLemonade (@cosmiclemonade)2 years, 7 months ago ago

http://topdocumentaryfilms.com/zen-the-best-of-alan-watts/

best video of him Ive seen so far. Or at least my favorite. :)
please watch!

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stonedragon (@stonedragon21)2 years, 7 months ago ago

i saw alan watts give a talk when i was 14 in california way back in the 60s.
then i read all his books that he had written at the time of my mind blowing mescaline trip. watts was for me one of my first gurus. im happy to see you guys are finding him as a good teacher. he indeed had a lot of insight and was together with tim leary one of the pioneers in this type of thinking.

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Nick (@nickc2007)2 years, 7 months ago ago

You SAW Alan Watts?

I saw Noam Chomsky last year, and thought that was unbelievable. You have trumped me sir.

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Matt Higton (@mattwwh21)2 years, 6 months ago ago

just purchased another 5 books of his after reading the taboo against knowing yourself and become what you are, this man has just opened my level of understanding and got me deeply thinking, in a really amusing way

can’t stop lending them to anyone who pays any attention!

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Matt Higton (@mattwwh21)2 years, 6 months ago ago

just purchased another 5 books of his after reading the taboo against knowing yourself and become what you are, this man has just opened my level of understanding and got me deeply thinking, in a really amusing way

can’t stop lending them to anyone who pays any attention!

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