The Book On The Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are is arguably Alan Watts’s most brilliantly written book and one of his most challenging. The TV producer and writer, John Lloyd, called it “The best book I’ve ever read on the nature of what actually is, what the world is about, and how you should behave.”
In this extended discussion novelist, Tim Lott, psychotherapist, Mark Vernon, and Rebel Wisdom co-founder, Alexander Beiner, unpack its meaning, consider what The Book reveals, and ask where it falls short and why that is so interesting, too.
How does Watts offer a vision of reality that harmonises spiritual sight and science? How does he capture the essence of Eastern thought for Western minds? Why does The Book have a place as an urgent classic for our times?