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The Joyous Cosmology

Adventures in the Chemistry of Consciousness

Alan Watts, Timothy Leary (Foreword by), Richard Alpert (Foreword by)


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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"

New World Library, 9781608682041, 119pp.

Publication Date: April 30, 2013

About the Author

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