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"The Book: On The Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are" and the Philosophy of Alan Watts

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In 1966 Alan Watts, self proclaimed philosophical entertainer, published what many regard as his master work, "The Book: On The Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are". In this book, Watts attacks a belief at the foundation of Western culture and technology: the self as a separate ego, separated from and in conflict with the rest of the world. Furthermore, Watts provides an alternative view based on Hindi and Vedantic philosophy.

"The Book" is essentially a synthesis of Watts' work as a philosopher, writer, speaker, and student of Eastern and Western religion; beautifully articulated metaphors, witty aphorisms and mind expanding insights all packed into a concise 146 pages.

Come join me as we discuss "The Book" in detail. The class will be an open forum where we can delve further into the ideas at the center of the human potential movement.

The course will span six weeks, with each week covering one chapter (there are six in all). Food, drinks, intellectual stimulation and merriment are sure to be provided. What more do you need to know?

Of course, the only requirement for the class is that all members read "The Book". For those who cannot obtain a copy, an online version can be found here:

**All new members please contact me at [email protected] for information on meeting times as they vary from week to week (the EXCO email system is not working).

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Hard Times Cafe
1821 Riverside Ave.
Minneapolis, MN 55454
United States
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I graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2009 with a BA in Communication Arts. The teachings of Alan Watts have played an integral role in my development as a human being.
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Class times: 
Mon, 09/27/2010 - 21:00 - Mon, 11/01/2010 - 21:00
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Contact [email protected]
Hard Times Cafe
1821 Riverside Ave.
Minneapolis, MN 55454
United States
44° 58' 10.3188" N, 93° 14' 46.0788" W
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