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5.0 out of 5 stars an important book, 25 Oct 2009
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This is an important book because it opens up the possibility of some free discussion between traditional beliefs and science. Unlike most contemporary scientists Watson was not one to simply deny phenomena simply because they did not fit into the current physicalistic scientific worldview. Instead he looks at things like ghosts and astrology and palmistry with an openness and honesty, that belies the lie of much current scientific thought on these areas. This was a book that changed my life - it could change yours too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Still Thought Provoking After All These Years., 3 July 2012
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Brizdaz (Brisbane,Australia) - See all my reviews
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I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book,and while I don't agree with everything said in it,I found the subject matter quite stimulating,like a fireside conversation between old friends sitting around a campfire,looking up at the stars and wondering what makes it and us tick.
It's still as good a read in 2012 as it probably was in 1973.
Lyall has left us with a great legacy in his books.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Scully gets converted, 9 Dec 2000
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This is (as far as I understand) the first book written as Lyall Watson began his X-files style quest into the unknown. As such, it comes from a fairly sceptical point of view, unlike his later books such as "The Romeo Error" & "Lifetide". I am not saying that the subject matter is treated scornfully, but throughout it I had the distinct impression that he was waiting to be truly convinced by what he saw and examined. Much of the material contained within here I would say is pretty much out in the open these days, but there are still extremely interesting experiments, such as measuring plants' 'emotions' etc. Ideally this book is for someone who wants to look into basic strange phenominon from a source which as far as researchers go, is pretty well respected as genuine.
Watson does tend to take a very clinical attitude towards what he encounters and does not gush with emotion or make up stupid "facts" about ghosts and ghoulies.
If you're used to paranormal experiments, then it will be of limited value, but overall is a must read book and quite an important one for your collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A look behind the page., 19 Feb 2014
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I found this paperback edition at a local market for 50p. As is always the case, the title and artwork got my attention.

SUPER NATURE

And a painting on the cover of a seed giving birth to a tree.

From glancing at the random pages in the market to fully submersing myself into the chapters, this book is very addictive and hard to put down.

For anyone with an interest in spirituality, religion, God, philosophy, nature, existence, Gaia Theory, human nature, life and just about any other title in between. This might be a book you'll be into.

There's a certain optimistic charm about the way he writes. And a lot of it seems like the stuff of fantasy and fairy tale. But this was 1973 when the book was written. And now 40 years later, a lot of Watson's thinking is being tested in modern day science.

The book is a great read for when you have short bursts of free time. As some of the ideas presented are radical (still) and mind blowing. But like I said 'trained' scientists are now beginning to use a lot of his ideas in their practical approach.

This book will leave you in either 2 places.

1. Open your mind to a whole new way of looking at nature, life, the universe and existence (and everything in between)

2. Leave you full of deep talk (great for those long ass parties till 7am)

Give this book a try. If you don't like it pass it on or get it back on sale here.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This book is a game changer, 22 Jan 2014
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Lyall Watson presents deep and utterly fascinating stuff about some of the unexplainable and supernatural facts of life, & the universe both outer and inner space. Very readable and if you have an open mind it can change the way you think about life.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Thinking out the Big Picture, 14 Aug 2007
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This book has aged considerably but the underlining theme of Watson's book and his works are still sound. It is the theme of "Gaia" of man and nature interlinked within the framework of Earth ecology. Lyall goes further than this and theorises man's and natures interactions with "universal" forces.
Part of the immense charm of this book lies in the ability of Watson to furnish inteersting fact from his experiences as a zoologist and Biologist.To present them in layman's terms and make the book accessible.
To fully appreciate Watson you must know his background. Born in South Africa, Watson had an early fascination for nature in the surrounding bush, learning from Zulu and !Kung bushmen. Watson attended boarding school at Rondebosch Boys' High School in Cape Town, and in 1958 earned degrees in botany and zoology before securing an apprenticeship in palaentology under Raymond Dart, leading on to anthropological studies in Germany and the Netherlands. He has additional degrees in chemistry, geology, marine biology and ecology, indicating a broad range of interests. Watson earned a doctor of philosophy degree in ethology under Desmond Morris at London Zoo.
There are some science writers like Dawkins who can talk about evolution but anything outside their narrow field of knowledge generally leaves them floundering.
It probably reflects the problem with science , fields of knowledge have become to specialised and most scientists are unable to construct a "big picture".
Having said that Watson's work is not the be all and end all he needs help in polishing his works, it would be nice to see a collaborative group of scientists working in this "broad" field.
Readers of this book should avail themselves of his other works they are varied and not all will be to everyones taste. Dark Nature is a fascinating look at the nature of man through a zoologists eyes and is remarkable reading if one takes in the full significance of Watson's prepositions.
I'm giving Watson and his works a 5 star rating because no one is even coming close to summarising man and natures existence.
But only a 4 for this book which was his first attempt.
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9 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Logic and Science meets the Supernatural of Nature, 23 Feb 2002
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A fantastic book that looks at Supernatural experiences and then compares it to current scientific knowledge of other parts of factual nature. It is wonderfully mind opening and yet purely logical.
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9 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The excellent book, Supernature, 30 Jan 2001
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I think this book by Llyal Watson, is the best book that I have read, it was my Granddad's book and I think that it is worth reading! It has all the wonders of the world, and is very interesting for thr person who is interested in science. ...or even if you aren't a science fanatic, it is worth reading to find out about the wonders of this world!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 12 Oct 2014
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