Podcast 193 – Alan Watts & friends “The Houseboat Summit – 1967″

Guest speakers: Alan Watts, Timothy Leary, Allen Ginsberg, Gary Snyder, and Allen Cohen
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“The Houseboat Summit” was held in February 1967, and has been documented in several places on the Web. In addition to the quotes below, which are from this podcast, you can read a more complete transcript of this historic meeting here.

“I think that, thus far, the genius of this kind of underground that we’re talking about is that it has no leadership.” -Alan Watts

“What we need to realize is that there can be, shall we say, a movement, a stirring among people, which can be organically designed instead of politically designed.” -Alan Watts

“My historical reading of the situation is that these great monolithic empires developed, Rome, Turkey, and so forth, and they always break down when enough people, and it’s always the young, the creative, and minority groups drop out and go back to a tribal form.” -Timothy Leary

“Our educational system in its entirety does nothing to give us any kind of material competence. In other words, we don’t learn how to cook, how to make clothes, how to build houses, how to make love, or to do any of the absolutely fundamental things of life.” -Alan Watts

“That society is strong and viable which recognizes its own provisionality.” --Alan Watts

"Handbook of the Indians of California" by A.L. Kroeber“Increasingly, we’re developing all kinds of systems for verifying reality by echoing it.” - -Timothy Leary

“What are we saying when we say now, something is holy? That means you should take a different attitude to what you are doing than if you were, for example, doing it for kicks.” -Alan Watts

“Half the things I’ve done are wrong, mistakes [unintelligible]. The moratorium on pot and LSD a year ago is ridiculous. I shouldn’t have done that. I make a blunder at least one out of two times I come to bat.” -Timothy Leary

“In other words, when there is a game going on that’s on a collision course, and that this game obviously is going to lead to total destruction, the only way of getting people out of a bad game is to indicate that the game is no longer interesting. See, we’ve left this game and it bores us.” -Alan Watts, February 1967

“I would agree to change the slogan to
‘Drop out. Turn on. Drop in.’ “
-Timothy Leary


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3 Comments »

  1. admin Said,

    June 6, 2010 @ 12:08 pm

    Comments from original blog page: http://www.matrixmasters.net/blogs/?p=1334

    nthmost2p
    Fantastic! Lorenzo, I’d be really honored if you checked out the blog post I just put up about this podcast, which (within it) links to an interview I did with Douglas Rushkoff, author of the very topical book _Life, Inc_:

    http://bit.ly/12xBXA

    I co-host a radio show with Diamond Dave Whitaker in San Francisco called Common Threads. (You can find out more about it through my blog.) We’re big fans of you, Alan Watts, Terence McKenna, and all the other great thinkers you make available through this podcast.

    Oh, and I follow you on Twitter and recommend others to do the same!

    Cheers,
    Naomi

    adam
    “Drop out of the public schools. The public schools cannot be compromised with.”
    -Timothy Leary

    Wait a second, he said he never told anybody that. :-P

    Lorenzo
    @Naomi … thanks for the kind words … and please tell Diamond Dave that he’s long been a hero of mine … now that Fraser Clark is gone, Dave’s about the last great one standing.

    nthmost

    Lorenzo, you could tell him yourself! Call in to the show sometime. We operate on 87.9fm in San Francisco and we do a poetry and music open mic from 4pm to 6pm every Friday.

    The number to the station is 510-PIR-8-CAT…

    The nitty-gritty on the Common Threads show, where you can grab a podcast or two (and subscribe to them if you like):

    http://bit.ly/19xhj8

    tripmaster
    this was a highly enjoyable podcast…to be able to listen in on the conversation of such an all-star lineup of great thinkers in one room, it’s truly a great privilege to hear this. any chance you could post the rest of this session? i would appreciate it so much! thanks!!

    Casey
    Fantastic file! Thanks.

    derek j
    lorenzo, thank you for this little jem. alan watts and gary snyder are two of the most important literary and consciousness expanding influences of my life, for many others I am sure. May this find you well, inspired and in good form going into the burn…. we are really looking forward to seeing you at symbiosis. the lineup this year for workshops and presentations could be among the best since the palenque series, or the world psychedelic forum in switzerland. and then there’s 180 musicians and artists. cheers!

    Terranhealer
    Holy Ganja! Tune in, turn off, and drop out….but to where? I am loving episode 193 Lorenzo! I hav been listening since the begining man, and although haven’t had the time rto listen to every podcast, this podcast will resonate with me (and hopefully the people around me) for a long while – or short time considering on one’s perspective of time. I am alos loving your efforts for creating this space lorenzo! I feel inspired to creat a podcast for sustainable living in my area. The game is over…the test begins now:) Nice qoutes from the Genesis Generation near the end of the show.

    One question though, after listening to this podcast: It seems to me that the everyday technological world around me (that is computers and the internet) requires people to drop in to a system of prdouction (like high tech maquiladoras). Can anyone share their thoughs on how we humans can use these technologies without perpetuating the system.

    Oh man, I know this is parttially answering my own question but the tech industry seems to be run by machines!

    t3dy
    thanks for this I’ll listen to it next time I hike mt. tamalpais

    Dan Weisman
    While searching for an Alan Watts lecture, America in the Year 2000, I found your wonderful podcast and ‘Dropped in’ on the amazing echos of their conversation that day. Thank you for posting it. Thank you VERY much. I’ll be dropping in again often. Aloha from Maui.

  2. Joey Said,

    June 18, 2010 @ 11:11 pm

    [“What are we saying when we say now, something is holy? That means you should take a different attitude to what you are doing than if you were, for example, doing it for kicks.” -Timothy Leary]

    -> In the original blog page this is correctly cited with Alan Watts as its author, not Timothy Leary. Just thought it something one may feel worth changing if aware.

  3. Lorenzo Said,

    June 21, 2010 @ 5:00 pm

    Joey,

    Wow! Amazing that you caught that mistake … kind of blows me away, actually … AND you made me feel great in that someone is actually reading this stuff :-) … Fixed it, thanks again!

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