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The Dreams of Dragons: An Exploration and Celebration of the Mysteries of Nature
by Lyall Watson
Prowling the edges of science with insight and sensitivity, Lyall Watson maintains that there is a truth to be found behind every seemingly impossible legend. The best-selling author of Supernature and Gifts of Unknown Things, Watson takes us on a journey through prehistoric burial sites on the beaches of South Africa, ancient ritual iron mines in Swaziland, and present-da ...more
Paperback, 176 pages
Published May 1st 1992 by Destiny Books
(first published 1987)
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Lyall Watson is an anthropologist... but he also seems to be a naturalist, a botanist, and many other 'ists' where science is involved. His subjects and his writings about them are absolutely fascinating. I have been completely mesmerized by this book about oddities in nature. These are oddities that we almost never think about or take completely for granted. Yet they are things - like water, right-handedness, electricity - that are part of our everyday lives and are, surprisingly!, immensely in ...more
So... I believe this book was a gift from my then girlfriend about 10-12 years ago. I read it once while I was recovering from an illness and it languished on my shelves for years before I picked it up again without realizing that I had read it before. I was about 70 pages in before I realized that "oh... this is pretty familiar." But to be fair I was just reading it while working out at the gym so I wasn't concentrating too heavily on the content. The book is a fairly quick read and is almost F ...more
In the preface, Wallace tells about a Slavic folk belief which he explains is known to be wrong, and then says, "I think such things are worth a second look," citing their societal implications as the reason. The rest of the book consists of essays mostly about various fringe beliefs, including ESP with animals, feng shui, Jungian synchronicity, and the like. However, the focus is on uncritical presentation of the phenomenon, with little or no interest shown in the societal implications of the b ...more
Beautiful, colourful writing. Interesting research. I read this book at various times of my life and appreciated the book each time due to personal growth. Lyall Watson truly encapsulates the quintessential scientist/writer making his work readable to people of all ages.
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...