Share via Email Bringing science and philosophy to the wider public is a task often undertaken by idiosyncratic individuals, from the croakingly precise Professor CEM Joad of the BBC Radio Brains Trust of the s, to the gaunt arm-flailing television star of the s Magnus Pyke, and that valiant figure gamely battling with cruel disabilities, Stephen Hawking. Lyall Watson, who has died in Australia at the age of 69, managed to combine idiosyncracy with the persona of an elegant action man, dressing in immaculate white linen suits for daring explorations of the Amazon or when taking an active role as a demonstrator against whaling, just one passion in a versatile and telegenic life as an anthropologist, biologist, botanist, ethologist and zoologist. He wrote 25 books on a wide variety of topics, of which Supernature , Lifetide and Gifts of Unknown Things are among the best known. It took him two years to interest a publisher in Supernature, a questionable, modish exploration of such phenomena as ESP, psychokinesis and telepathy in nature.
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Never mind that it was published in ; i learned more than i did in all my science classes combined. No, i didnt pay much attention in class, but this book is phenomenal! Must read more of his work. Its one thing to have and utilize the scientific method; its quite another to admit that n a lot of our scientific inquiry, is not discernably conclusive. It s therefore, sciences limitation. However having said that, we deduce what we learn and use it for good or ill. Nevertheless, Watsons book explores the changing life tide in that we as humanity focus on things, situations, ideals based upon our cultures and what we perceive to be true and what we I see why lots of people like this book.
The question s will we continue to find a nother scapegoat to not change, or face the fact that we need to change, for our own benefit? Therefore, innovation is not possible without imagination … imagination that is in some instances, regarded to be fantasy, as it is intangible by nature.
However, there is no conclusive, traceable chain, mechanics toward how we derive what we call imagination: is it divinely inspired, invoked via a connection to a force or energy beyond what we can tangibly perceive, let alone measure, or from insight from a previous life?
Nevertheless, we cannot ignore the effect of innovation, inspiration, creativity and a bass that there s more to matter than what we can measure or quantify. If there is any criticism about the book, it lies in the biology being a bit boring, but that is indicative of what one learns in school, and how we derive what we know about biology thus far. Still, the book has so much to offer in terms of how we come to know what we know and most tellingly, what we are willing to explore despite our social conditioning.
He had an early fascination for nature in the surrounding bush, learning from Zulu and! Kung bushmen. He enrolled at the University of the Witwatersrand in , where he earned degrees in botany and zoology, before securing an apprenticeship in palaeontology under Raymond Dart , leading on to anthropological studies in Germany and the Netherlands. Later he earned degrees in geology, chemistry, marine biology, ecology and anthropology. He completed a doctorate in ethology at the University of London , under Desmond Morris. He also worked at the BBC writing and producing nature documentaries. Around this time he shortened his name to Lyall Watson.