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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Destiny Books,U.S.; New edition edition (1 July 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0892813725
  • ISBN-13: 978-0892813728
  • Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 0.5 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 413,730 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A natural-history classic. In 12 delightful essays, the author, who holds advanced degrees in marine biology, anthropology and ethology, peels away layers of stale truths about nature and the natural sciences, exploring new trains of thought. Watson's realm is "the soft edges of science," where Western empiricism meets the kind of ancient convictions found in virtually every culture, which he suspects reflect an older, more natural way of knowing. Watson works both kinds of perception into the fabric of natural history. He ponders the Strandloopers (Afrikaans for "the beach walkers"), an extinct people with huge heads and tiny bodies who lived on the Skeleton Coast of West Africa. No traces of material culture have ever been found, and Watson suggests the Strandloopers found satisfaction in making ideas, rather than machines. Most anthropologists would consider the vanished Strandloopers an evolutionary failure; Watson concludes we have a lot to learn from them. He compares the Strandloopers favorably to modern man, so obsessed with reason and technology that we have invented implements that threaten our survival. Watson also contemplates the unique capabilities of crowds, from human crowds to flocks of birds and schools of fish, and gives credence to unorthodox theories that humans descended from an aquatic ape. In addition, he explores Komodo, the Indonesian island where dragons - monitor lizards more than 3 meters in length - still swallow men whole, and New Guinea, home of the Asmat, the headhunting tribe in whose midst Michael Rockefeller disappeared while collecting primitive art. Some useful insight emerges from each composition. Nature writing at its best. (Kirkus Reviews) --Kirkus Reviews

About the Author

With doctorates in anthropology and ethology (animal behavior) and additional degrees in botany, chemistry, geology, geography, marine biology, and ecology, Watson logically investigates illogical events. He speaks nine languages and has worked as the Seychelles commissioner for the International Whaling Commission and as assistant to Raymond Dart, the distinguished South African paleontologist.


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By A Customer on 24 Jun. 1997
Format: Paperback
Lyall Watson is a renaissance man, and his vast and varied experiences, readings
and interests are easily on display in this and all his other books. Watson has an eye for whimsical and unusual events, for beautiful images whether natural
or manufactured, and a keen intution for the magic in the ordinary image, thought, and objects.

This book specifically addresses all those strange and unexplained events which our orthodox scientists (isn't that an oxymoron) reject as unproven,
untested, and unscientific. Watson who holds a PhD in some branch of the natural sciences sees the inifinite humor, compassion, and joy inherent in being
alive on this earth, and the strange inhabitants of it, whether it be Komodo dragons, human beings, or rivers. In his stories and anecdotes inanimate objects
come to life, water can be happy or sad, mammals can re-grow severed limbs, and teh existance of shells (with their forms often representing mathematical perfection)
can have hidden lives....

If for no other reason than to have whimsical, unusual, and interesting trivia to talk about at a dry and dull dinner table, this book is to be read and marvelled at...
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I have to admit to being a Lyall Watson fan and completely agree with previous reviewer. I probably bought my copy of this book before their review and am about to order another as I have been known to lend it out to friends as an excellent introduction to Lyall's work. This series of short and varied articles make it an even easier and more enjoyable read than his other works.

I can't really add much to the above, except to say that the book is well worth ordering even just for the opening sentences of each article! They sum up both his humour and the breadth of his enthusiasm for nature.
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I will always buy a book by this author He has a way of presenting information that stays with you long after the book is put aside. Concise, well documented, holds your interest and makes you think outside the box. Any of his books are well worth buying and reading not just once but many times. This is a man I would love to meet and talk to.. his mind is so open and ready to take on board things most people wood dismiss. These are short essays on many different things that have intrigued him... me too. BUY IT.
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Looking through the world with Lyall Watson's vision is bound to make you look at your world a little bit more differently as well.
Another great legacy that Lyall has left to the living.
Subjects to entertain and make you think a little while reading.
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Lyall Watson is one of my favourite authors, sadly no longer with us. I would give his books five stars on general principals, but it needs to be pointed out that "Dreams of Dragons", is Watson's book "Earthworks" re-titled for the US market - jazzier I guess. Also I understand that his book entitled "Supernature II" is already out there as "Beyond Supernature". At least I discovered that before I bought it.
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