The Book by Alan Watts
On the Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are

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At the root of human conflict is our fundamental misunderstanding of who we are. The illusion that we are isolated beings, unconnected to the rest of the universe, has led us to view the “outside” world with hostility, and has fueled our misuse of technology and our violent and hostile subjugation of the natural world. In The Book, philosopher Alan Watts provides us with a much-needed answer to the problem of personal identity, distilling and adapting the ancient Hindu philosophy of Vedanta to help us understand that the self is in fact the root and ground of the universe. In this mind-opening and revelatory work, Watts has crafted a primer on what it means to be human—and a manual of initiation into the central mystery of existence.


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About Alan Watts

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Alan Watts was born in England in 1915 and received his early education at King's School, Canterbury. He received a master's degree from Seabury-Western Theological Seminary in Illinois and an honorary doctorate of divinity from the University of Vermont. He wrote his first book, The Spirit of Zen, at the age of twenty and went on to write over twenty other books including The Way of Zen, The Book, and Tao: The Watercourse Way, which though never fully completed was published after the author's death and introduced thousands of readers to Taoist thought.In addition to being an acclaimed author and philosopher, Dr. Watts was also an Episcopalian minister, professor, graduate-school dean and reasearch fellow of Harvard University. By the early 1960s, he moved to Sausolito, California, and held seminars and lectures throughout the United States. Alan Watts died in 1973.
 
Published September 28, 2011 by Vintage. 178 pages
Genres: Religion & Spirituality, Self Help, Law & Philosophy, Biographies & Memoirs, Health, Fitness & Dieting. Non-fiction

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This assessment addresses areas of sin, and by filling it out it helps us determine what areas we need to address in our lives so that it can help us heal our relationships with God if we need to.

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Examiner

So here is my ultimate critique in a Wattsian format: Because he's striven to write a book on the total picture of the universe, Watts instead has written a book that creates absolutely no image of it at all.

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Examiner

I read this book when it was first published in 1966, re-read it after an unexpected opportunity to meet Alan Watts just before he died (in 1973), and then re-read it again recently after having recommended it highly to a close personal friend.

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Suite 101

There she discovers the extent Watts had fictionalised his life story in its telling to the rebel soldiers and how two fictions – his own and that of Charles Dickens – were deeply intertwined.

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Common Sense Media

When her mom makes her supervise her little sister's trip to the mega music store, an accident changes her forever -- into someone totally different and someone her best friend and the world will definitely notice.

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Book Lovers

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North Jersey

"Scandalous" is the first Broadway show I've seen that ends with a shout-out for a producer.

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Open Salon

I remember getting in the groov…” April 22, 2013 03:28PM Last week I had the good fortune to be given the opportunity to read the book: Miss you, Pat, by Sharon Watts.

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Management Today

He aims to correct our 'individualistic' thinking and laments: 'Common sense explanations sidestep the whole problem of how individual choices aggregate to collective behaviour simply by replacing the collective with a representative individual.' (p79) The book ends with a critical but sympathet...

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London School of Economics

Essential reading for students who wish to study the British political system and have limited familiarity with it, Duncan Watts’ new edition provides a comprehensive examination of the social characteristics is crucial to understanding the British political culture and development of the British...

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Elephant Journal

It’s unlikely to rock your paradigm, but this book might just offer a few nuggets of wisdom that will help you “be happy from the inside, out.” The Power of Unreasonable People by John Elkington and Pamela Hartigan > VIA TODD MAYVILLE Sometimes being a talented business-person doesn’t mean be...

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SciFi Online

The structure of the book is interesting, our unnamed protagonist spends the majority of the book recounting what has happened to him to a supposed investigator, though the mystery is maintained as the reader has little way of placing the events into a place or time.

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The Zone

As a child, Siri Keeton, the narrator of Blindsight, had half his brain cut out to cure seizures.

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Reviews in History

My thanks to Michael Worboys for the good things he has to say about Epidemics and History: Disease, Power and Imperialism in paragraph two of his long review: "Overall the volume is a remarkable achievement" etc.

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Reviews in History

371) Introductory texts such as The Cambridge Illustrated History of Medicine — which is but one title in a wide range of historical pictorial primers produced by Cambridge University Press — are perhaps most fruitfully regarded as the practi...

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Troll in the Corner

The feral vampire can work, 30 Days of Night showed us that it could work, but the vampires in that work were antagonists that could have been swapped out with any number of things that go bump in the night and the plot would not have changed at all.

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at Adelaide in 1951 Miller was not dismissed on 99 by a fast leg-break from Doug Wright (it was a googly, and Miller's chopping bat and the ball laughably hit the off stump simultaneously);

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