Top 10 Reasons You Should Like Alan Watts

by Alex

in Spiritual Thinkers

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“Trying to define yourself is like trying to bite your own teeth.”
-Alan Watts

Alan Watts is cool, and among the most influential thinkers of the 20th century. And even though he died 35 years ago, when you listen to his lectures it’s as if he’s speaking about the present. There’s a great series of his recordings called “Out of Your Mind”, plus he has other great lectures on religion and philosophy. Very entertaining and one of my favs.

Here’s a snippet of his bio from Wikipedia:

Alan Wilson Watts (January 6, 1915 – November 16, 1973) was a philosopher, writer, speaker, and student of comparative religion. He was best known as an interpreter and popularizer of Asian philosophies for a Western audience.

He wrote more than twenty-five books and numerous articles on subjects such as personal identity, the true nature of reality, higher consciousness, meaning of life, concepts and images of God and the pursuit of happiness, relating his experience to scientific knowledge and to the teachings of Eastern and Western religions or philosophies (Zen Buddhism, Taoism, Christianity, Hinduism, etc.).


1. ERIC CARTMAN LOVES HIM – The South Park guys are into him. There’s something unique about you if you’re cool enough to have parts of your lectures set to Terence & Philip style animation (South Park fans know what I’m talking about).

You can see more at the Alan Watts Theater or on YouTube.

2. HILARIOUS – Very funny and entertaining. Interweaves many funny stories into his lectures. (You can hear people cracking up in some of the old recordings.)

3. RELEVANT – An oddly modern way of discussing the world (despite his recordings being from the 60s).

4. PROLIFIC – With his 25 books, he was among the first to popularize Eastern philosophy in the West (or at least get more people talking about it.)