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Beyond Supernature: A New Natural History of the Supernatural
by Lyall Watson
In his thought-provoking new book, Watson takes a serious look at the world of the supernatural and shows that many paranormal events can be explained by what is already known about the natural world.
Paperback, 304 pages
Published December 1st 1987 by Bantam
(first published September 1st 1986)
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The first half of this book is compelling with a thesis that scientific materialism and contemporary orthodox theories may not be the full story of our existence. This is safe ground and the examples he uses are insightful, clear-thinking and fun to read. However, the second half of the book, where he outlines several perceived examples of paranormal behavior simply does not hold up to scrutiny and references several examples (e.g. Sai Baba, Uri Geller, and Albert Abrams) that are very likely ou ...more
I found this book to be very thought provoking and love the way it challenges you to think beyond what we can easily understand. It is a bit tedious in detail at times but overall very worth the read in my opinion. I wish Mr. Watson were still alive; I would love to hear him speak and be able to ask him questions.
Lyall Watson was a South African botanist, zoologist, biologist, anthropologist, ethologist, and author of many new age books, among the most popular of which is the best seller Supernature. Lyall Watson tried to make sense of natural and supernatural phenomena in biological terms. He is credited with the first published use of the term "hundredth monkey" in his 1979 book, Lifetide. It is a hypoth ...moreMore about Lyall Watson...