Amazed that you seem to know of so many folks. I don't particularly get flabbergasted with Alan Watts' zen material, as much as his philosophical lectures (going out of your mind series for instance), but I admit I am inclined to multitask while listening to him to avoid boredom (at times), although, I still think he is one cool dude, and very interesting (and inevitably boring for some, I know). But I think a lot of his lectures are where the really good stuff is.
As far as Deusberg, I have written to him a couple times in praise of his work with no response (understandably so), but what I really like about the man is he is a truly honest person. After winning awards and getting all kinds of grants for his work on the search for "cancer genes" he humbly has seemingly backed away from cancer as being caused by genes, something most modern day scientists in his position would not do. I think THAT is what true science is; If the shoe doesn't fit, don't force the issue.
On a side note, you have apparently done a vast amount of mingling with interesting people, and are clearly well versed in many disciplines. Clearly a nominee or candidate who could be just the person to initiate the inception of:
The International Friendship of Non-Institutional Astrotheological Observance Community.
It will catch on very fast I am sure. I submit a few of the first orders of business ought to be:
1. Ridding of all things created by religious doctrine, including abolishing the 7 day week system: 365 days in a year makes sense because that is how many revolutions the earth makes before it circles the sun. The month is acceptable, because it is based on the reciprocation of the phases of the moon, again, something real.
The week, however, is based on allocating names to each day, and associating them with the 7 known planetary bodies (including sun and moon) which were all that were known in times predating modern telescopes. We have outgrown this silly ritual, and clearly it serves no good purpose. We are not robotically structured entities that should be acting in accordance with what specific "day" a calendar says it is. Days should still be kept record of, say numerically
, so as to make orientation and future arrangements possible and to record previous events. However, days should certainly not be anthropomorphized, and thus bestowing nonsensical implications on what behavior ought to be present on certain days.
All in favor? This can be called the ChronoStellas system.
2. Adopting, as the main foundation, probably one of the most profound and yet overlooked ideologies as quoted from Bill and Ted's movie (one of the most cheesy films of all time)...
"Be Excellent To Each Other!"
...Other than that it could really be quite a social/theological free enterprise. Any takers??
Be excellent to each other - (Bill and Ted)