I need to transcribe a short text read by Alan Watts in this video:

The text is from 14:50 to 14:60. This is what I heard but I'm not sure it is correct.

"...is a certain extraordinary lack of depth..."

Can you transcribe a complete sentence that have above text?

  • I think you mean "transcribe the saying" (which means "to represent in written characters"). To dictate means "to speak out loud".
    – stangdon
    Feb 6, 2015 at 18:41

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"...is a certain extraordinary lack of depth..."

You are understanding correctly.

Also, you can link to a spot in a youtube video by adding and "&t=MmSs" where the capital letters are the time in minutes and seconds.


  • can u dictate a complete sentence
    – Tom
    Feb 6, 2015 at 16:31
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    This seems like a homework assignment of some sort. The sentence actually starts at youtube.com/watch?v=osEVlaMX6t4&t=14m39s Why don't you give it a shot and post what you think you here and I will help you out.
    – Kevin
    Feb 6, 2015 at 16:44
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    Cool tip about jumping to MMSS! Feb 7, 2015 at 6:10

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