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Just So

An Odyssey into the Cosmic Web of Connection, Play, and True Pleasure
Narrated by: Alan Watts
Length: 10 hrs and 31 mins
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"If you were God," asked Alan Watts, "what kind of universe would you create? A perfect one free of suffering and drama? Or one filled with surprise and delight?"

With Just So, the celebrated philosopher and self-described "spiritual entertainer" invites us to explore the hidden dimensions that shape both the cosmos and our personal experience of it.

From the 1950s to the 1970s, Eastern spiritual philosophies ignited in the West profound new ways of perceiving ourselves and the mysteries of life. And from the beginning, Alan Watts was at the forefront - sparking insight after insight at live gatherings and radio broadcasts. Today Alan Watts' books and recordings bring perennial delight to new listeners of all ages and beliefs.

Here the luminary author and speaker explores three often overlooked yet essential universal dynamics: connection, play, and pleasure. This exceptional collection of sessions includes three complementary seminars:

The Cosmic Network - a journey into the interconnected web of the personal and the infinite

Ecological Awareness - reflections on how humanity and nature evolve through discovery and "purposeless" play

The Pursuit of Pleasure - how a true materialism connects us fully through our senses with others and to the natural flow of the cosmos.

Along the way you'll explore many other themes, at turns humorous, prophetic, and more relevant today than ever. What unfolds is a liberating view of life that arises from possibility and the unpredictable - perfect and "just so" not in spite of its messy imperfections but because of them.

©2017 Alan Watts (P)2017 Sounds True

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Brilliant

I loved listening to this so much! Well worth a credit! Extremely entertaining all the way through.

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love Alan Watts. Its a trip.

These collections of lectures take the listener and an objective and subjective adventure into the workings of human culture. I would recommend all Alans work.

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I love Alan Watts :)

Was going to love it anyway because have already read his books. Quality of audio is great considering when it was recorded.

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Mind-opening

The first step of a mental journey of personal realisation for me. I gained most from this when I really listened and engaged with it, not listening while doing something else. Thoroughly enjoyable and enlightening.

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Worth a listen.

I enjoyed this series of lectures, all-though it seems incomplete in part and ended before the speech had finished in some chapters, which makes me wonder what parts have been left out.
Not ground breaking then but worth a listen.

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Worth a listen

It won't be for everyone but if you enjoy being enlightened or have any interest in practical phycology, theology, philosophy or linguistics its definitely worth a listen.

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Great listen

a really enjoyable insightful listen. The author share his experience and knowledge in a very entertaining manner.

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Helps me sleep

Alan Watts knew. Thankfully he liked talking about it rather a lot. The world could do with another Alan, but he'd probably say that the present state of affairs is perfect.

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An inspiration

Everyone should listen to Alan Watts. He's an inspiration that allows you to make some sense of the world and our place in it.

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Brilliant and insightful

A thought-provoking and wonderful series of lectures by Alan Watts, highly recommended. Beautifully articulated

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  • Eric C
  • 25-03-17

If you've enjoyed any lecture of his on YouTube you're going to be enthralled

A combination of over 20 hours of Watts speaking of self realizations and the true meaning to life. I have new perspective for everything I have done and will do moving forward.

I'm already restarting the audiobook because of how fantastic the first 1/3 of it is. The middle half is extremely intellectual and philosophical so one might feel a sort of drone, but the final third is reward enough for sticking it out.

I recommend listening at 1.25x

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  • Will Foley
  • 01-06-17

Alan Watts is more relevant today than ever

We need more teachers like this in our lives. I have been listening to Alan's teachings now for a couple years. Wish I found this in my twenties. Practical advice and deconstruction of things I was taught as a child. In a time when insulation and separateness are all we hear about, it is a real eye opener to see we really haven't come as far as you think. Still lots of work to do. These are words that will ring true, if you let them.

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  • Jermaine McGruder
  • 28-01-17

Just so is Just so good

This is really good. I'm glad these collections keep coming out. This one is really interesting in the why it's presented. For example they put all the chapters in short clips, and that makes it easier to get back to spots you really liked. Over all the audiobook is great. Worth the money and time.

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  • Keith
  • 02-02-18

A Watts Essential

My favorite Watts series after having listened to all others. The only downfall I might say this series has is the lecture on money a quarter of the way through. After that, it is superb listening that entices you to think of the subject at hand in a way that you may have not previously considered. The last 3 lectures are particularly grand, leaving you with a smile on your face and a zest for this thing called life.

Watts: “Life is not a duty, it is a pleasure.”

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  • Don
  • 01-11-17

It’s Watts, so it’s good, but...

It feels a bit cobbled together and doesn’t flow as well as it should. I would still recommend it to fans of Watts, but maybe not as a first intro to Watts. Then again, the magic is still there...

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  • A. Smith
  • 01-01-17

Achieve higher enlightenment

What made the experience of listening to Just So the most enjoyable?

Listen to his soothing voice while he opens your mind, scrambles it like eggs and returns it to the plate.

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  • Bric
  • 18-07-18

This is a must listen!

You you are interesting in this in anyway or you enjoy Alan Watts then this is a must. Great lectures and great stories that everyone should hear really. I highly recommend it.

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  • El Bruno tal
  • 17-12-17

Prescient lectures

Alan Watts doesn't disappoint. These lectures have great content.
The narration does leave a bit the entertaining tone, and gets more serious at times.
Watts covers a number of topics that remain relevant today, or have become now even more relevant, such as:
- The proliferation of cheap plane flights; the globalization.
- The progressive loss of privacy, its advantages and disadvantages, and the implications for society.
All in all a very recommended listen, would happily listen again.

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  • Ryan's Joy
  • 18-02-17

magic as always

i have never understood life and my role in it more clearly than when explained to me through Watts's uncommon brilliance. a true master of thought and language.

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  • Joseph Schell
  • 14-03-20

Great starting place for listening to Alan Watts

This is one of the most pragmatic Alan Watts lecture series available. Starting with fundamental discussions about how we perceive the world, comfortably leading into more esoteric details and concepts, this series of lectures is a worthwhile listen for seasoned Watts fans and newcomers alike. The remarkably accurate imaginings of the future serve to reinforce the strong foundation of his ideas. Not all aspects of the series have aged well, but I appreciate that this was 50 years ago.