Alan Wilson Watts (6 January 1915 – 16 November 1973) was a British philosopher, writer, and speaker, best known as an interpreter and populariser of Eastern philosophy for a Western audience. Born in Chislehurst, England, he moved to the United States in 1938 and began Zen training in New York. Pursuing a career, he attended Seabury-Western Theological Seminary, where he received a master's degree in theology. Watts became an Episcopal priest in 1945, then left the ministry in 1950 and moved to California, where he joined the faculty of the American Academy of Asian Studies.
Alan Watts: On Not Being Afraid To Screw Up
In this talk Alan Watts speaks about the roles of social institutions and role playing in our lives. He describes how our environment shifts the way we view ourselves, the roles we play in society and how emotions like fear and pain play a large part in determining our path.
Alan Watts: On How To Trust The Universe
Alan Watts speaks on the idea of trusting the universe. As he frequently does, Watts touches on many fields of study from religion to philosophy to drive his argument. His message is relevant across generations and geographies. The theme of religion and it's connection to "a state of trance" persists throughout the talk. As is frequent for Watts, he connects the themes back to meditation and it's importance in our lives.
Alan Watts: On The Law Of Attraction
Alan Watts describes the manner in which we attract the things that are similar to us. He describes the role of trust in human interaction, how mutual trust powers all human enterprise. He then delves into propoganda that productizes "status" in society and how it drives unnecessary consumption.