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Alan Watts
Born 6 January 1915(1915-01-06)
Chislehurst, Kent, England
Died 16 November 1973 (aged 58)
Mt. Tamalpais, California
Occupation Philosopher
Main interests Personal identity, Higher consciousness, Ethics

Alan Watts was a philosopher. In several of his later publications, he puts forward a worldview, drawing on Hinduism, Chinese philosophy, Zen Buddhism, panentheism, and modern science, in which he maintains that the whole universe consists of a cosmic self playing hide-and-seek (Lila), hiding from itself (Maya) by becoming all the living and non-living things in the universe, forgetting what it really is; the upshot being that we are all IT in disguise. In this worldview, Watts asserts that our conception of ourselves as an "ego in a bag of skin" is a myth; the entities we call the separate "things" are merely processes of the whole.

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