speakers similar to Alan Watts?

derek (@dkanowsky) 10 years ago

A few weeks ago I downloaded an album of Alan Watts lectures, and have found them to be incredibly insightful and thought provoking. Anybody know of any similar speakers? I’ve been looking to expand my knowledge of philosophers, especially ones who touch on the subjects of the ego, personal development, and our place in the universe.

October 3, 2012 at 9:59 pm
Zykanthos (4,757)M (@chodebalm) 10 years ago ago

David Wilcock, Graham Hancock, David Icke.

Also, if you want to see one of the best videos to ever come along…check out this:

steven glansberg (2) (@stevenglansberg) 10 years ago ago

Alan Watts is great, British dudes always make sense.

I don’t know shit about philosophy, really, but read Socrates’ Defense/Apology. He talks about, sort of, how retarded human beings actually are and that the wisdom they possess is useless in respect to the vast universe. Viewing all of life/the universe/opinions through the lens of stupidity is important. Because we’re stupid.

I don’t know if this is related but if you want an interesting perspective on human history and the great number of casual assumptions we make about our intelligence and history on earth, check out the Joe Rogan Experience podcast with guest Graham Hancock. You would probably like his podcast, lots of deep stuff, probably because he’s always ripped up. I think it’s still on iTunes.

Always remember human intelligence is relative to other humans. We’re still apes but we have cooler shit.

Daniel (316) (@qwuakeup) 10 years ago ago

If you like Alan Watts theres some similar spiritual teachers in his style of teaching ( zen, the tao te ching oriented )

Eckhart Tolle



Di (239) (@dida) 8 years, 3 months ago ago

yes! these 3 ;)

SherL (18) (@slloop3) 10 years ago ago

@chodebalm, Athene’s Theory of Everything is a very cool vid. I have to say that I had to watch it a few times to get all of it.

Ken Wilber, definitely a contemporary of Alan Watts & a must check out. Ditto Graham Hancock & David Wilcock, although he kind of creeps me out sometimes. David Icke is much to doom & gloom for my taste, however. I’d also check out Jason Silva, he’s a new speaking philosopher & self-proclaimed epiphany junkie who is wonderful to listen to. He’s mostly on vimeo: https://vimeo.com/jasonsilva Oh, and Terrence McKenna is way out there but brilliant. Also, Dean Radin, Rupert Sheldrake, Peter Russell, Bruce Lipton, Neal Donald Walsch.

Hmmm, it kind of makes me sad that there are no women on my list. :\

derek (49) (@dkanowsky) 10 years ago ago

@stevenglansberg, I totally agree, intelligence is only relative. Neil deGrasse Tyson said something in a lecture about how human dna and chimpanzee dna is less than 2% different, and if we’re that much further down the evolutionary line from them, imagine how advanced a species 2% further down from us would be. We would be drooling idiots in their presence, despite all of our “intellect”

jorge (2) (@nthprimee) 9 years, 5 months ago ago

George Carlin

Di (239) (@dida) 9 years, 5 months ago ago

Terence McKenna !

Caleb McCoy (111) (@cjmccoy93) 9 years, 5 months ago ago

Terence McKenna. He’s got some fascinating ideas and to some degree is responsible for the whole 2012 thing. Some people hate how slowly he talks, but to me, its deliberate and precise word choice.

Psychonaut (133) (@psychonaut) 9 years, 5 months ago ago

@dkanowsky, Finally!! I’ve been promoting him for ages now but nobody ever seemed to care. Mr. Watts sparked my interest in philosophy and in consequence I have been studying it since. I’ve downloaded and listened to his entire audio-lecture discography numerous times over now. The content of his books are similar but perhaps a little more detailed.

From what I understand, Mr. Watts works cover a very broad range of the streams in Continental philosophy (not so much contemporary but still relevant). This broad range is quite shallow and your mind will be blown again and again the more you involve yourself into the Continental tradition.

If you’re looking for similar approaches towards philosophy as Zen-Buddhism (Watts’ biggest influence) then I would check out some Eastern philosophers such as Krishnamurti and people alike. I, however, found much more interest in the works of Heidegger. Though, he is much more difficult to comprehend.

Caleb McCoy (111) (@cjmccoy93) 9 years, 5 months ago ago

@psychonaut, Yea, Heideggr takes a lot of concentration and deep, abstract thinking. It doesn’t help that he makes up his own words half the time too

O’Reilly (804) (@oreilly) 9 years, 5 months ago ago

I listen to Infinite Waters. His youtube channel is Kemetprince1. Most enjoyable to listen to.

Travis Fisher (14) (@tfish012) 9 years, 5 months ago ago

Athene’s Theory of Everything is an awesome video and Infinite Waters on YouTube is really enjoyable. The guy is energetic and is voice is cool haha he lays his ideas out really well

O’Reilly (804) (@oreilly) 9 years, 5 months ago ago

I also like to listen to Bashar. That guy is very interesting.

Anonymous (145) (@) 9 years, 5 months ago ago

The lips of wisdom are closed, except to the ears of Understanding

Blah (363) (@tentninja) 8 years, 3 months ago ago

terrence mckenna
Create your own culture….

joe rogan,
Explosions in the sky…

jason silve,

feel Awe –

robert anton wilson,
dont believe other peoples bullshit..

j. krishnumurti,
the crisis, is a crisis in conciousness….

knowing yourself…

RAM DASS << my favourite
my thing is word…

BE HERE NOW by Ram Dass << most important book in the world lol

charlie chaplin,
i dont want to rule or conquer anyone…

i hope this helped.

Ray (4) (@brainofmorbius) 8 years, 3 months ago ago


This is more mainstream, but it is worth checking out: The Consolations of Philosophy by Alain De Botton

He also has videos out on youtube and here on HE, he’s spoken at the TED conferences…

In the work I mentioned, he goes into detail about how all the great philosophers in history saw reality. They each had their own unique perspectives on things, concepts that will take you outside of contemporary western thinking of today.

Anonymous (1) (@) 8 years, 3 months ago ago

try Terrence McKenna ^.^
or all the videos on Big Think, youtube

who (557) (@season) 8 years, 3 months ago ago


Cpt (379) (@CptSleeze) 8 years, 1 month ago ago

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mHXkwj_0MIU this entire buddhist channel- please give a full talk your undivided attention

Moonchild (149) (@Moonchild) 8 years ago ago

Eckhart Tolle – Create a better life :)

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