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Alan Watts

His life and work reflects an astonishing adventure: he was an editor, Anglican priest, graduate dean, broadcaster, author, lecturer, and entertainer. He had fascinations for archery, calligraphy, cooking, chanting, and dancing, and still was completely comfortable hiking alone in the wilderness.

"No one is more dangerously insane than one that is sane all the time; he is like a steel bridge without flexibility, and the order of his life is rigid and brittle."

"Contrary to what one might read, psychedelia didn't begin in 1966, and it wasn't invented by the Beatles or Timothy Leary. Psychedelic research and psychedelic culture had already existed for decades, unknown to most except an esoteric jet-set of researchers, artists and philosophers travelling along the London - Boston/N Y - California axis. The atmosphere could be described as academic-bohemian, incarnated in a few super-educated anglosaxons such as Gerald Heard and Aldous Huxley. These men had the intellectual resources to incorporate the mescaline and LSD experience into their already vast knowledge of Western and Eastern thought, and rather than jolting them out of their tracks it gave them concrete evidence and renewed energy.
Expatriate Englishman Alan Watts was already famous in California as an eloquent lecturer and freewheeling thinker when he joined this aristocratic gang of quiet revolutionaries, many of which he knew from Oxbridge/Ivy League circles."

One central conclusion Watts derived from his LSD experiences as presented in the book is the idea of life as goal-less play, which is to be understood in a wider, zen-like context. Within this framework lies the potential for insights, work and creativity. The recording of a semi-improvised music and rapping session can then take on a number of meanings; from good clean fun to a soundtrack for a deep hallucinogenic journey. While there is no direct evidence that "This Is IT" was facilitated with the aid of psychedelics, it was created at a time when Watts' interest in such was at a peak. The real proof may be in the grooves, and most people who hear it are likely to infer that it's the outcome of an actual LSD session. It certainly sounds like it.

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