Vintage Books, 1965, Softcover, Book Condition: Very Good, First Paperback
The Classic Book on the Hallucinogenic Drugs LSD, Mescaline and Psilocybin. Foreword by Timothy Leary and Richard Alpert, formerly of the psychology department at Harvard University. The Joyous Cosmology is Alan Watts's exploration of the insight that the consciousness-changing drugs LSD, mescaline, and psilocybin can facilitate "when accompanied with sustained philosophical reflection by a person who is in search, not of kicks, but of understanding." More than an artifact, it is both a riveting memoir of Watts's personal experiments and a profound meditation on our perennial questions about the nature of existence and the existence of the sacred. Medical, legal, and religious experts have recently been confronted with the problem of these so-called "mystic drugs," that seem to produce, without any apparent physical harm, changes of consciousness comparable to the highest forms of aesthetic and religious experience. This book, by one of the world's leading investigators of the psychology of religion, is an evaluation of these drugs both objectively and from the vantage of the author's own personal experiments. The author's record of his own experiments is a vivid, lyrical account of valuable transformations that can occur in the human mind. The heightening of consciousness ranged all the way from aesthetic insights into nature to a philosophical view of existence as a comedy at once diabolic and divine, resolving itself into "a cosmology not only unified but also joyous." The book is enhanced by photographs of natural forms, which in themselves stand as an abstract expression of the intriguing text. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. xix + 108. no Dust Jacket as published.. White titles spine. light useage wear to extremities. illustrated by b/w. photo's.. Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: Under 250 grams. Category: New Age & Alternative; Religion & Theology; Philosophy; Drugs; Psychology & Psychiatry. Pictures of this item not already displayed here available upon request. Inventory No: 4633.