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Podcast 255 – “Why Is Christianity Afraid of Sex?”

Guest speaker: Alan Watts

NOTE: This program is still available at the Internet Archive.

Alan Watts’ son sent the following message requesting that his father’s talks be removed from the Psychedelic Salon … bye bye Alan!

Mark Watts Said,

Lorenzo if you leave the Alan Watts materials up you will be sued before this month is out.

February 25, 2011 @ 10:15 am · Edit

Lorenzo, my father’s talks are copyright protected. Please don’t post any more of his talks on your podcast and remove the ones you have in the archive.

PROGRAM NOTES:

If you want to listen to this talk you will have to pay his son for the privilege.  … Too bad, I thought information wants to be free. I wonder what Alan would say about this?

… although, if you Google “alan watts mp3 torrent” you can find thousands of Web sites that provide free downloads of Watts material.

Also, you will find many hours of free Alan Watts videos on YouTube. … So maybe it is only the Psychedelic Salon that Mark objects to.

PROGRAM NOTES
[NOTE: All quotations are by Alan Watts.]

“Christianity is, of all religions in the world, the one uniquely preoccupied with sex.”

“Most churches in America and in England and in other parts of the Western world are, frankly, sexual regulation societies.”

“So we have, in a very special way, got sex on the brain, which isn’t exactly the right place for it.”

“There is no way of making a hedge grow like pruning it. There is no way of making sex interesting like repressing it.”

“That the physical world is transient, it seems to me, to be part of its splendor.”

“Neither the church nor the opponents of the church have clearly understood that the secret, or unconscious, motivation of sexual repression is to make it all the more interesting. And on the other side, it has not been clearly understood that sexual biology and all that goes with it is a figuring force, on the level of biology, of what the whole universe is about, ecstatic play.”

“If you’ve got a prudish father and mother you should be very grateful to them for having made sex so interesting.”

[NOTE: All quotations are by Alan Watts.]

“Christianity is, of all religions in the world, the one uniquely preoccupied with sex.”

“Most churches in America and in England and in other parts of the Western world are, frankly, sexual regulation societies.”

“So we have, in a very special way, got sex on the brain, which isn’t exactly the right place for it.”

“There is no way of making a hedge grow like pruning it. There is no way of making sex interesting like repressing it.”

“That the physical world is transient, it seems to me, to be part of its splendor.”

“Neither the church nor the opponents of the church have clearly understood that the secret, or unconscious, motivation of sexual repression is to make it all the more interesting. And on the other side, it has not been clearly understood that sexual biology and all that goes with it is a figuring force, on the level of biology, of what the whole universe is about, ecstatic play.”

“If you’ve got a prudish father and mother you should be very grateful to them for having made sex so interesting.”

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Podcast 247 – “On Being God and Death”

Guest speaker: Alan Watts

NOTE: This program is still available at the Internet Archive.

Alan Watts’ son sent the following message requesting that his father’s talks be removed from the Psychedelic Salon … bye bye Alan!

Mark Watts Said,

Lorenzo if you leave the Alan Watts materials up you will be sued before this month is out.

February 25, 2011 @ 10:15 am · Edit

Lorenzo, my father’s talks are copyright protected. Please don’t post any more of his talks on your podcast and remove the ones you have in the archive.

PROGRAM NOTES:

If you want to listen to this talk you will have to pay his son for the privilege.  … Too bad, I thought information wants to be free. I wonder what Alan would say about this?

… although, if you Google “alan watts mp3 torrent” you can find thousands of Web sites that provide free downloads of Watts material.

Also, you will find many hours of free Alan Watts videos on YouTube. … So maybe it is only the Psychedelic Salon that Mark objects to.

PROGRAM NOTES:

[NOTE: All quotations are by Alan Watts.]
“Western religions are more concerned with behavior, doctrine, and belief than with any transformation of the way in which we are aware of ourselves and our world.”

“And very often it seems to me that reality appears rather much as the world is seen on a bleak Monday morning.”

“Indeed one might say that psychoanalysis is based on Newtonian mechanics and in fact could be called psycho-hydraulics’s.”

“If therefore, the human race is to flourish we must take charge of evolution.”
“As Jung once suggested, life itself is a disease with a very poor prognosis. It lingers on for years and invariably ends with death.”
“When somebody speaks as an authority it means they speak as the author. That’s all it means.”

“All our images of ourselves are nothing more than caricatures. They contain no information for most of us on how we grow our brains, how we work our nerves, how we circulate our blood, how we secrete with our glands, and how we shape our bones. That isn’t contained in the sensation, or the image, we call the ego. So, obviously then, the ego is not myself.”

“And they [fruit flies] in their world think they’re as important and as civilized as we do in our world. So that if I was to wake up as a fruit fly I wouldn’t feel any different as it were when I do when I wake up as a human being. I would be used to it.”

“In fact, it’s a thoroughly good arrangement in this world that we don’t remember what it was before [we incarnated as a human]. Why? Because variety is the spice of life, and if we remembered, remembered, remembered, having done this again and again and again and again, we should get bored.”

“There comes a point when really, if we consider what is to our true liking, we will want to forget everything that has gone before so that we can have the extraordinary experience of seeing the world once again through the eyes of a baby, whatever kind of baby. So that it’s completely new, and we have all the startling wonder that a child has, all the vividness of perception, which we can’t have if we remember everything forever.”

“So death, in a sense, is a tremendous release from monotony. It puts an interval of total forgetting in a rhythmic process of on and off on and off so that you can begin all over again and never be bored.”

“The universe is really a system which keeps on surprising itself.”

“You can’t experience the feeling you call self unless it’s in contrast with a feeling of other. … Other is necessary for you to feel self.”
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Podcast 227-Shulgin-Watts: “Sasha at MIT plus Alan Watts”

Guest speakers: Sasha Shulgin and Alan Watts

PROGRAM NOTES:

[NOTE: The following quotations are by Sasha Shulgin.]

“So I look upon these materials [psychedelics] as being catalytic, not productive, they do not DO what occurs. The allow YOU to express what is in you that you had not had the ability to get to and express yourself without the help of a material.”

“I find that still the human animal is the only one that is really effective in evaluating and comparing these various psychedelic materials.”

[In testing a new substance] “You go with great caution. Decide what is the amount is that would have no effect and take one thousandths of that amount.”

“How does the mind work? What kind of a probe can you make to look at the function of the mind? To me, it’s going to be a psychedelic material, that has very little action in experimental animals, to look into actions in man that are not seen in experimental animals.”

[NOTE: The following quotations are by Alan Watts.]

“Nature has mercifully arranged the principle of ‘forgettery’ as well as the principle of memory. … And you begin again. You see, it doesn’t matter in what form you begin. Whether you begin again as a human being, or as a fruit fly, butterfly, or a beetle, or a bird, it feels the same way that you feel now. So we’re really all in the same place.”

“So the possibility, even the imagination that there could be such an experience [of the end of the world] in the back of our heads, is the background which gives intensity to the sense that we call feeling good, feeling that it’s all right.”

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Podcast 213 – “The Alchemy of LSD”

Guest speaker: Alan Watts

NOTE: This program is still available at the Internet Archive.

Alan Watts’ son sent the following message requesting that his father’s talks be removed from the Psychedelic Salon … bye bye Alan!

Mark Watts Said,

Lorenzo if you leave the Alan Watts materials up you will be sued before this month is out.

Lorenzo, my father’s talks are copyright protected. Please don’t post any more of his talks on your podcast and remove the ones you have in the archive.

PROGRAM NOTES:

If you want to listen to this talk you will have to pay his son for the privilege.  … Too bad, I thought information wants to be free. I wonder what Alan would say about this?

… although, if you Google “alan watts mp3 torrent” you can find thousands of Web sites that provide free downloads of Watts material.

Also, you will find many hours of free Alan Watts videos on YouTube. … So maybe it is only the Psychedelic Salon that Mark objects to.

PROGRAM NOTES:

[NOTE: All quotations are by Alan Watts.]

“So we have to think again and try and find out, think deeply, what is fundamentally taboo in this culture and perhaps in other cultures as well. What information, in other words, would really let the cat out of the bag and give away the show?”

“But you see, the trouble about deep secrets is they can’t be repressed indefinitely.”

“And we don’t even think that we had anything personally to do with the fact that our fathers once had an evil gleam in their eyes, but that evil gleam was you … coming on.”

“And so underneath the opposition, or the polarity, between self and other or between any other pair of opposites you can think of there is something in common.”

“This is the description of anxiety: Anxiety is the fear that one of a pair of opposites might cancel the other … forever.”

“So one of the problems of the various chemicals which can change the human mind in certain ways so that it becomes apparent that inside and outside go together is that they do rather give the show away. And people who take these chemicals and see through the human game cannot be trusted.”

“What you do is what the universe does, and what the universe does is also what you do.”

“When you are told, from childhood, that you are expected and commanded to behave in a way that will be acceptable only if you do it voluntarily you remain permanently mixed-up.”

The Soft Pack - Lorenzo's favorite new rock band www.myspace.com/thesoftpack“You can’t have pleasure in life without skill, but it isn’t an unpleasant task to learn a skill.”

“It’s very bad form if an actor always acts the same way. That’s what’s called a Star, as distinct from an actor. A real actor can become anything.”

“LSD is simply an exploratory instrument, like a microscope or a telescope, except this one’s inside you instead of outside you. And according to your capacity and knowledge, you can use a microscope or a telescope to advantage. So in the same way, according to your capacity and your knowledge you can use an interior instrument to your advantage … or just for kicks!”

“The thing that we’ve learned from history is nobody ever learns from history.”

“Any law which in a way tries to enforce by the power of the state its private morals, or your own business in looking after your own nervous system, is in a fact an unenforceable law. And all unenforceable laws lead to blackmail and public demoralization.”

“The rule for all terrors is head straight into them. … Whenever confronted with a ghost, walk straight into it, and it will disappear.”

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Podcast 207 – “A Tribute to Alan Watts”

Guest speakers: Dr. John Lilly, Laura Huxley, and others

PROGRAM NOTES:

This podcast begins with a short clip of Alan Watts speaking about human consciousness. Then we join Dr. John Lilly, Laura Huxley, and a few other friends who are discussing the life of Alan Watts a few months after his death in November 1973.

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Podcast 193 – Alan Watts & friends “The Houseboat Summit – 1967″

Guest speakers: Alan Watts, Timothy Leary, Allen Ginsberg, Gary Snyder, and Allen Cohen

PROGRAM NOTES:

“The Houseboat Summit” was held in February 1967, and has been documented in several places on the Web. In addition to the quotes below, which are from this podcast, you can read a more complete transcript of this historic meeting here.

“I think that, thus far, the genius of this kind of underground that we’re talking about is that it has no leadership.”Alan Watts

“What we need to realize is that there can be, shall we say, a movement, a stirring among people, which can be organically designed instead of politically designed.”Alan Watts

“My historical reading of the situation is that these great monolithic empires developed, Rome, Turkey, and so forth, and they always break down when enough people, and it’s always the young, the creative, and minority groups drop out and go back to a tribal form.” Timothy Leary

“Our educational system in its entirety does nothing to give us any kind of material competence. In other words, we don’t learn how to cook, how to make clothes, how to build houses, how to make love, or to do any of the absolutely fundamental things of life.” -Alan Watts

“That society is strong and viable which recognizes its own provisionality.”

“And so when the essential idea of love is lost there comes talk of fidelity. Actually, the only possible basis for two beings, male and female, to relate to each other is to grant each other total freedom.” -Alan Watts

"Handbook of the Indians of California" by A.L. Kroeber“Increasingly, we’re developing all kinds of systems for verifying reality by echoing it.”

“Drop out of the public schools. The public schools cannot be compromised with.”Timothy Leary

“What are we saying when we say now, something is holy? That means you should take a different attitude to what you are doing than if you were, for example, doing it for kicks.” -Alan Watts

“Half the things I’ve done are wrong, mistakes [unintelligible]. The moratorium on pot and LSD a year ago is ridiculous. I shouldn’t have done that. I make a blunder at least one out of two times I come to bat.”Timothy Leary

“In other words, when there is a game going on that’s on a collision course, and that this game obviously is going to lead to total destruction, the only way of getting people out of a bad game is to indicate that the game is no longer interesting. See, we’ve left this game and it bores us.” Alan Watts, February 1967

“I would agree to change the slogan to
‘Drop out. Turn on. Drop in.’ “
Timothy Leary

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Podcast 183 – “What Are Humans For?”

Guest speaker: Dr. Timothy Leary

PROGRAM NOTES:

[NOTE: All quotations below are by Timothy Leary.]

“The people who were teaching us about consciousness-expanding drugs were people like Aldous Huxley, Alan Watts, even Henry Luce, the respectable conservative founder of ‘Time’ magazine. There was a large group of thoughtful people who told us that the doors of perception were going to open and an avalanche of change would happen.”

“Harvard is there to train Ivy Leaguers to go to Washington and Wall Street and keep the wasp establishment going. They’re not supposed to be turning out new Buddhas and a new brand of science fiction neuronaughts.”

Leon Tabory, Bruce Damer, and Allan Lundell looking through a few boxes in the Timothy Leary archive. ... SOURCE: www.learyarchive.com“The history of America is the history of those of us that belong to this wonderful brotherhood and sisterhood of avant-garde inner voyagers. We believe that we’re the American tradition. And so we really weren’t that surprised when the thing exploded in the Sixties. That’s what we’d signed up for.”

“I personally now feel that the concept of generation, the generation you belong to, is one of the most important things in your life, because you’re going to be swimming like a school of fish in this school of your own generation.”

“It’s so simple, too. If you want to change, it’s geography, just move to the place different people hang out, and listen.”

“I see very clearly that the age of the people you hang out with determines your age. … Generations are temporal units, and you can jump generations, you can migrate. And how do you migrate from one generation to another? It’s time travel, just hang out with people of different ages.”

“What are humans for? We’re not here to fight Communism. We’re not here to fight for a job. If we don’t do that any more, what are we for? Well the answer to that is, the function of the human being is to evolve, to grow, to become more intelligent, to become a more advanced form of our species.”

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Podcast 098 – “Psychedelic Research in the 1960s” (Part 2)

Guest speaker: Gary Fisher

PROGRAM NOTES:

(Minutes : Seconds into program)
04:20 Gary tells about his encounter with an extraterrestrial.

07:11 Stories of another encounter with otherworldly entities, this time in the desert.

09:40 The story about a man who always longed for a UFO experience.

11:36 Gary tells why he thinks extraterrestrials are visiting the Earth.

14:33 Gary tells the story of when Timothy Leary was driving him to their compound in Mexico, and Gary suddenly had an intuition that reflected back to both a psilocybin experience and a past life experience.

17:07 Gary Fisher: “In the esoteric world those are called ’sleeping karmas’, and you’ll run into a person who’s happy all the time, everything goes well for them. They don’t have any hysterics in their life, and they’re having sleeping karma. They just come in to relax.”

18:15 Gary tells the story of his Caribbean adventure with Tim Leary and company.

26:55 Beginning of a discussion about Alan Watts and the time he went to Mexico for a psychedelic mushroom session with Maria Sabina and ended up getting married to Mary Jane on the spur of the moment.

29:46 Gary Fisher: “At one dinner this very proper lady said, ‘Well Doctor Watts, what do you hope to gain from your next experience with LSD?’, and Alan said, ‘Another book!’ “

35:29 We begin a brief discussion of Tim Leary. . . . Gary Fisher: “Well, he was a drunken Irishman with a silver tongue. . . . He wanted to be rich, and he wanted to be famous. Those were his two goals in life.”

44:26 Gary discusses several issues relating to the age at which it may be appropriate to begin using psychedelics.

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Podcast 092 – “Lone Pine Stories” (Part 3)

Guest speaker: Myron Stolaroff

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(Minutes : Seconds into program)

Myron Stolaroff and Lorenzo at the Stolaroff's home in Lone Pine02:29 Myron Stolarofftalks about writing “The Secret Chief”, a biography of Leo Zeff.

06:06Lorenzodescribes Dr. Michael Mitthoefer’s research where he is using MDMA to treat victims of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

12:52 Myron tells how he strikes up conversations about psychedelics with strangers he meets while traveling.

18:00 Myron: “The DEA, they’ve been the toughest ones. To a man they’re really refuting these things with all the power that they have, and they’re not interested in learning anything about them. They’re not interested in learning if anything [positive] is possible.”

25:31 Myron: “Even though it’s painful, you’re much better off, if you’re willing to experience the pain, be with it and let it go, because once it breaks through and is gone you’re at a whole new level.”

Snow on the high Sierra's in April 200730:51 Myron“And so you try to pretend that it’s [pain] not there, but it is there. And as long as it’s there it’s going to control you.”

35:32 Myron: “I used the phrase ‘worked on that’, and the working is not really struggling and trying to make things happen. It isn’t that at all. What it is is learning to just be still, to just let everything go, just absolutely be still and let our hearts open.”

54:43 Myron tells about instigating, along with Al Hubbard, the meeting between Alan Watts and Timothy Leary.

Myron Stolaroff listening to his first podcast58:31 Myron (in a conversation with Timothy Leary)“I don’t have it in my heart to tell you not to do what you’re doing, but, really, what you’re doing isn’t going in the right direction.”

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