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The myths underlying our culture and underlying our common sense have not taught us to feel identical with the universe, but only parts of it, only in it, only confronting it - aliens.

Alan Watts

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In his autobiography he wrote "… cultural renewal comes about when highly differentiated cultures mix". His legacy has been kept alive by his son Mark Watts and by many of his recorded talks and lectures that have found new life on the Internet. Dionysius (translation from Greek of Pseudo-Dionysius available online)
1947 Behold the Spirit: A Study in the Necessity of Mystical Religion Vintage 1972 ISBN 0-394-71761-9
1950 Easter: Its Story and Meaning
1950 The Supreme Identity Vintage 1972.

He also explored human consciousness in the essay "The New Alchemy" (1958) and in the book The Joyous Cosmology (1962). Living on the West Coast Watts gained a large following in the San Francisco Bay Area while working as a volunteer programmer at KPFA a Pacifica Radio station in Berkeley. Watts became an Episcopal priest but left the ministry in 1950 and moved to California where he joined the faculty of the American Academy of Asian Studies.

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