Alan Watts is one of the most widely read philosophers of the 20th century. In addition to his 28 books, Alan Watts delivered hundreds of public lectures and seminars the recordings of which have been preserved in the archives of the Electronic University. Alan's eldest son Mark Watts has reviewed and cataloged these talks to prepare them for public broadcast. In 2005 Amber Star of created Alan Watts podcast to help disseminate these lectures to a new iPod listening generation . Today the Electronic University and are pleased to present the highlights of the spoken works of Alan Watts.
In 1957 Watts, then 42, published one of his best known books, The Way of Zen , which focused on philosophical explication and history. Besides drawing on the lifestyle and philosophical background of Zen, in India and China, Watts introduced ideas drawn from general semantics (directly from the writings of Alfred Korzybski ) and also from Norbert Wiener 's early work on cybernetics , which had recently been published. Watts offered analogies from cybernetic principles possibly applicable to the Zen life. The book sold well, eventually becoming a modern classic, and helped widen his lecture circuit.