Lyall Watson


Born
in South Africa
April 12, 1939

Died
June 25, 2008

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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 hypothesis that aroused both interest and ire in the scientific community and continues to be a topic of discussion over a quarter century later.

He was born in Johannesburg as Malcolm Lyall-Watson. He had an early fascination for nature in the surrounding bush, learning from Zulu and !Kung bushmen. Watson attended boarding school at Rondebosch Boys' High
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Supernature

4.06 avg rating — 507 ratings — published 1973 — 16 editions
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Gifts of Unknown Things: A ...

4.23 avg rating — 243 ratings — published 1976 — 7 editions
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Dark Nature: A Natural Hist...

4.05 avg rating — 235 ratings — published 1995 — 6 editions
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Elephantoms: Tracking the E...

4.24 avg rating — 177 ratings — published 2002 — 7 editions
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The Romeo Error: A matter o...

4.03 avg rating — 113 ratings — published 1974 — 7 editions
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The Nature of Things: The S...

4.03 avg rating — 92 ratings — published 1990 — 3 editions
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The Dreams of Dragons: An E...

4.12 avg rating — 82 ratings — published 1987 — 4 editions
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Beyond Supernature: A New N...

4.03 avg rating — 104 ratings — published 1986 — 8 editions
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Lightning Bird: The Story o...

4.33 avg rating — 89 ratings — published 1982 — 6 editions
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Jacobson's Organ: And the R...

3.90 avg rating — 107 ratings — published 1999 — 8 editions
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More books by Lyall Watson…
“If the brain were so simple we could understand it, we would be so simple we couldn't.”
Lyall Watson

“Dancing is surely the most basic and relevant of all forms of expression. Nothing else can so effectively give outward form to an inner experience. Poetry and music exist in time. Painting and architecture are a part of space. But only the dance lives at once in both space and time. In it the creator and the thing created, the artist and the expression, are one. Each participates completely in the other. There could be no better metaphor for an understanding of the mechanics of the cosmos.”
Lyall Watson, Gifts of Unknown Things: A True Story of Nature, Healing, and Initiation from Indonesia's Dancing Island

“We try to abolish intervals by our manic insistence on keeping busy, on doing something. And as a result, all we succeed in doing is destroying all hope of tranquility.

... . You have to learn to immerse yourself in the silences between.”
Lyall Watson, Gifts of Unknown Things: A True Story of Nature, Healing, and Initiation from Indonesia's Dancing Island

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