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Alan Watts (2015)

Alan Wilson Watts was a British-born philosopher, writer, and speaker, best known as an interpreter and populariser of Eastern philosophy for a Western audience. Born in Chislehurst, he moved to the United States in 1938 and began Zen training in New York. Pursuing a career, he attended Seabury-Western Theological Seminary, where he received a master's degree in theology. Watts became an Episcopal priest in 1945, then left the ministry in 1950 and moved to California, where he joined the faculty of the American Academy of Asian Studies. Watts gained a large following in the San Francisco Bay Area while working as a volunteer programmer at KPFA, a Pacifica Radio station in Berkeley. Watts wrote more than 25 books and articles on subjects important to Eastern and Western religion, introducing the then-burgeoning youth culture to The Way of Zen, one of the first bestselling books on Buddhism. In Psychotherapy East and West, Watts proposed that Buddhism could be thought of as a form of psychotherapy and not a religion. He also explored human consciousness, in the essay "The New Alchemy", and in the book The Joyous Cosmology.

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About the Alan Watts Interview

I first came to Tanzania in 2009 to work with colleagues from APOPO and elsewhere on a project funded by the Geneva International Commission on Humanitarian Demining. I’ve returned regularly since that time and my graduate students as well as my family have also lived in Tanzania and contributed to APOPO.

I am currently a Senior Behavioral Researcher at APOPO and try to benefit the organization by assisting my colleagues in ascertaining how well the rats are performing in their current operational capacities, in developing strategies for improving their performance in those capacities, in identifying novel humanitarian applications for the rats, in securing funds to support research and operational activities, and in publishing scientific articles describing various aspects of our scent-detection work.

I am a Professor of Psychology at Western Michigan University with expertise in behavior analysis, a discipline concerned with identifying relations between environmental inputs and behavioral outputs and the variables that affect those relations. I have substantial research and writing experience, having published 12 books and roughly 350 articles and book chapters.

Go ahead, ask me anything! And we've started! Hello Reddit!

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Apologies for the rubbish formatting.

GOODNIGHT - Thanks, everyone, for our interactions today. It’s been my pleasure to try to field your questions and to learn what it is about APOPO that interests you. Should you have additional questions, or if I can be of assistance in any way, please email me at alan.poling@wmich.edu. Best wishes to all and good night.

Alan Watts Jun 04, 2015