I like Watts’ honesty…but I think in a way he was a victim of his own success and his own lack of self control – he just kept repeating the same old stuff over and over, like an alcoholic performer (that’s what he was). He didn’t really progress…So I think you can’t separate his intellectual virtues and vices from his other virtues and vices. One of his definite virtues however was his honesty – he never pretended to be some sort of superbeing, unlike many in the human potential movement.

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