Deep

Freediving, Renegade Science, and What the Ocean Tells Us about Ourselves

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Author: James Nestor

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 0547985525

Category: Nature

Page: 266

View: 992

Surveys the achievements of adventurous scientists, athletes and explorers to reveal how new understandings about deep-sea life, from telepathic coral to shark navigation, are expanding what is known about the natural world and the human mind. 40,000 first printing.

Deep

Freediving, Renegade Science, and What the Ocean Tells Us About Ourselves

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Author: James Nestor

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 0547985630

Category: Nature

Page: 304

View: 1740

New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice • An Amazon Best Science Book of 2014 • Scientific American Recommended Read “Fascinating, informative, exhilarating.” —Wall Street Journal Deep is a voyage from the ocean’s surface to its darkest trenches, the most mysterious places on Earth. Fascinated by the sport of freediving—in which competitors descend great depths on a single breath—James Nestor embeds with a gang of oceangoing extreme athletes and renegade researchers. He finds whales that communicate with other whales hundreds of miles away, sharks that swim in unerringly straight lines through pitch-black waters, and other strange phenomena. Most illuminating of all, he learns that these abilities are reflected in our own remarkable, and often hidden, potential—including echolocation, directional sense, and the profound bodily changes humans undergo when underwater. Along the way, Nestor unlocks his own freediving skills as he communes with the pioneers who are expanding our definition of what is possible in the natural world, and in ourselves. “A journey well worth taking.” —David Epstein, New York Times Book Review “Nestor pulls us below the surface into a world far beyond imagining and opens our eyes to these unseen places.” —Dallas Morning News “This is popular science writing at its best.” —Christian Science Monitor

Deep

A Sea Odyssey

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Author: James Nestor

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781781250662

Category:

Page: 272

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Covering a diving championship in Greece on a hot and sticky assignment for Outside magazine, James Nestor discovered free diving. He had stumbled on one of the most extreme sports in existence: a quest to extend the frontiers of human experience, in which divers descend without breathing equipment, for hundreds of feet below the water, for minutes after they should have died from lack of oxygen. Sometimes they emerge unconscious, or bleeding from the nose and ears, and sometimes they don't come up at all. The free divers were Nestor's way into an exhilarating and dangerous world of deep-sea pioneers, underwater athletes, scientists, spear fishermen, billionaires and ordinary men and women who are poised on the brink of some amazing discoveries about the ocean. Soon he was visiting the scientists who live 60ft underwater (and are permanently high on nitrous dioxide), swimming with the notorious man-eating sharks of Réunion and descending thousands of feet in a homemade submarine. And on the way down, he learnt about the amazing amphibious reflexes activated in the human body under deep-water conditions, why dolphins were injected with LSD in an attempt to teach them to talk, and why sharks like AC/DC. The sea covers seventy per cent of Earth's surface, and still contains answers to questions about the world we are only beginning to ask: Deep blends science and adventure to uncover its amazing secrets.

One Breath

Freediving, Death, and the Quest to Shatter Human Limits

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Author: Adam Skolnick

Publisher: Crown Archetype

ISBN: 0553447491

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 336

View: 3318

One Breath is a gripping and powerful exploration of the strange and fascinating sport of freediving, and of the tragic, untimely death of America’s greatest freediver Competitive freediving—a sport built on diving as deep as possible on a single breath—tests the limits of human ability in the most hostile environment on earth. The unique and eclectic breed of individuals who freedive at the highest level regularly dive hundreds of feet below the ocean’s surface, reaching such depths that their organs compress, light disappears, and one mistake could kill them. Even among freedivers, few have ever gone as deep as Nicholas Mevoli. A handsome young American with an unmatched talent for the sport, Nick was among freediving’s brightest stars. He was also an extraordinary individual, one who rebelled against the vapid and commoditized society around him by relentlessly questing for something more meaningful and authentic, whatever the risks. So when Nick Mevoli arrived at Vertical Blue in 2013, the world’s premier freediving competition, he was widely expected to challenge records and continue his meteoric rise to stardom. Instead, before the end of that fateful competition Nick Mevoli had died, a victim of the sport that had made him a star, and the very future of free diving was called into question. With unparalleled access and masterfully crafted prose, One Breath tells his unforgettable story, and of the sport which shaped and ultimately destroyed him.

Get High Now (without drugs)

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Author: James Nestor

Publisher: Chronicle Books

ISBN: 9780811867139

Category: Self-Help

Page: 267

View: 9277

Get High Now is an illustrated, mind-blowing magic carpet ride of more than 175 ways to alter human perception and consciousnesswithout drugs or alcohol. Culled from science, physiology, spiritual practices, and the audio visual arts, these "all natural" highs playfully and safely explore the mind-body connection to entertaining and illuminating effect. Accessible and well-researched, each entry introduces concepts such as lucid dreaming, optical and auditory illusions, controlled breathing, meditation, time compression, and physical and mental exercises, explaining the ways in which they affect our minds and bodies and how to do them. Readers follow the author and his "HighLab" testing team through mind-bending and sometimes hilarious investigations, such as how to lull the mind into hallucinatory states with audio loops; why multiple bee stings lead to euphoric states; what cheeses to eat to induce psychedelic lucid dreams; how to control your breathing to create an out-of-body experience; and many more. Including solo, tandem, and group highs, Get High Now features hundreds of ways to calm or stimulate the senses and open new windows to experiencing the world.

Blue Mind

The Surprising Science That Shows How Being Near, In, On, or Under Water Can Make You Happier, Healthier, More Connected, and Better at What You Do

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Author: Wallace J. Nichols

Publisher: Little, Brown

ISBN: 0316252077

Category: Science

Page: 352

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A landmark book by marine biologist Wallace J. Nichols on the remarkable effects of water on our health and well-being. Why are we drawn to the ocean each summer? Why does being near water set our minds and bodies at ease? In BLUE MIND, Wallace J. Nichols revolutionizes how we think about these questions, revealing the remarkable truth about the benefits of being in, on, under, or simply near water. Combining cutting-edge neuroscience with compelling personal stories from top athletes, leading scientists, military veterans, and gifted artists, he shows how proximity to water can improve performance, increase calm, diminish anxiety, and increase professional success. BLUE MIND not only illustrates the crucial importance of our connection to water-it provides a paradigm shifting "blueprint" for a better life on this Blue Marble we call home.

Bluewater Hunting and Freediving

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Author: Terry Maas

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Skin diving

Page: 214

View: 9524

Learn the secrets of spearfishing and underwater photography from some of the best freedivers around the world. National champion and world-record holder Terry Maas profiles twelve bluewater species from tuna to marlin, and sailfish to wahoo. Loaded with practical suggestions, this book is a must for anyone interested in freediving or spearfishing.

One Breath

A Reflection on Freediving

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Author: Emma Farrell

Publisher: Pynto

ISBN: 095423152X

Category: Breathing exercises

Page: 112

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Oxygen

A Memoir

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Author: William Trubridge

Publisher: HarperCollins

ISBN: 1775491447

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 336

View: 9390

LEARN THE POWER OF THE HUMAN MIND FROM THE WORLD'S GREATEST FREEDIVER One of the most mesmerising books about the ocean you'll ever read... New Zealander William Trubridge has reached depths never thought possible on the precipice of low oxygen. In a sport where failure usually means blacking out, it is a freediver's daily life to contend with suffocation, narcosis, hallucinations, lactic acidosis, compressed lungs, and immense water-column pressure - all while diving into depths of ink black ocean. Exquisitely written, Oxygen is a mind-altering and immersive coming-of-age story about a boy who grew up on a sailing boat, with the sea his classroom and playground. It is about fighting the trappings of life on land, and pushing the limits of human physiology, to become the world's greatest freediver.

Voices in the Ocean

A Journey into the Wild and Haunting World of Dolphins

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Author: Susan Casey

Publisher: Anchor

ISBN: 038553731X

Category: Nature

Page: 320

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From Susan Casey, the New York Times bestselling author of The Wave and The Devil’s Teeth, a breathtaking journey through the extraordinary world of dolphins Since the dawn of recorded history, humans have felt a kinship with the sleek and beautiful dolphin, an animal whose playfulness, sociability, and intelligence seem like an aquatic mirror of mankind. In recent decades, we have learned that dolphins recognize themselves in reflections, count, grieve, adorn themselves, feel despondent, rescue one another (and humans), deduce, infer, seduce, form cliques, throw tantrums, and call themselves by name. Scientists still don’t completely understand their incredibly sophisticated navigation and communication abilities, or their immensely complicated brains. While swimming off the coast of Maui, Susan Casey was surrounded by a pod of spinner dolphins. It was a profoundly transporting experience, and it inspired her to embark on a two-year global adventure to explore the nature of these remarkable beings and their complex relationship to humanity. Casey examines the career of the controversial John Lilly, the pioneer of modern dolphin studies whose work eventually led him down some very strange paths. She visits a community in Hawaii whose adherents believe dolphins are the key to spiritual enlightenment, travels to Ireland, where a dolphin named as “the world’s most loyal animal” has delighted tourists and locals for decades with his friendly antics, and consults with the world’s leading marine researchers, whose sense of wonder inspired by the dolphins they study increases the more they discover. Yet there is a dark side to our relationship with dolphins. They are the stars of a global multibillion-dollar captivity industry, whose money has fueled a sinister and lucrative trade in which dolphins are captured violently, then shipped and kept in brutal conditions. Casey’s investigation into this cruel underground takes her to the harrowing epicenter of the trade in the Solomon Islands, and to the Japanese town of Taiji, made famous by the Oscar-winning documentary The Cove, where she chronicles the annual slaughter and sale of dolphins in its narrow bay. Casey ends her narrative on the island of Crete, where millennia-old frescoes and artwork document the great Minoan civilization, a culture which lived in harmony with dolphins, and whose example shows the way to a more enlightened coexistence with the natural world. No writer is better positioned to portray these magical creatures than Susan Casey, whose combination of personal reporting, intense scientific research, and evocative prose made The Wave and The Devil’s Teeth contemporary classics of writing about the sea. In Voices in the Ocean, she has written a thrilling book about the other intelligent life on the planet. From the Hardcover edition.

The Dive

A Story of Love and Obsession

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Author: Pipin Ferreras,Linda Robertson

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 0060779527

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 288

View: 9228

The Cuban-born champion in the dangerous sport of freediving offers an intriguing inside look at the controversial and deadly sport while describing his life with his wife Audrey Mestre, a former French marine biology student who, in October 2002, died while trying to break the world freediving record held by her husband. Reprint. 20,000 first printing.

The World is Blue

How Our Fate and the Ocean's are One

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Author: Sylvia A. Earle

Publisher: National Geographic Books

ISBN: 1426205414

Category: Nature

Page: 303

View: 4379

Traces the oceanic changes that have taken place in the last half-century and why they are posing a global catastrophe, in a cautionary photographic report that conveys the author's impassioned call for responsible and renewable strategies to safeguard the planet's natural systems.

Sea Change

A Message of the Oceans

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Author: Sylvia A. Earle

Publisher: Ballantine Books

ISBN: 0449910652

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 361

View: 2666

Internationally known as the ambassador-at-large to the world's oceans, Sylvia Earle is the former chief scientist of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Adminsitration. Sea Change is at once the gripping adventure story of Earle's three decades of undersea exploration and an urgent plea for the preservation of the world's fragile and rapidly deterioating ocean ecosystems.

Michelle Obama

A Life

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Author: Peter Slevin

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 0307949311

Category: African American lawyers

Page: 432

View: 3915

Biography of the 46th First Lady of the United States (1964).

The Last Attempt

The True Story of Freediving Champion Audrey Mestre

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Author: Carlos Serra

Publisher: Carlos Serra

ISBN: 9781425738402

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 284

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THE LAST ATTEMPT by Carlos Serra While attempting to set a new world record in the extreme sport of freediving, Audrey dies. Something had gone terribly wrong and despite a massive media attention, many questions remained unanswered. Suspicion fell over her husband, the legendary freediver known as Pipin, prompting his business partner, Carlos Serra, a brother-like friend to Audrey, to promise an investigation to determine responsibilities, if any. But Pipin rejected the motion and that's when the struggle between Serra and Pipin began. THE LAST ATTEMPT is the result of that investigation, and with a surprising conclusion, it comprises the whole story as it actually occurred.

Freediving Manual

Learn How to Freedive 100 Feet on a Single Breath

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Author: Mike McGuire

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 9781545311455

Category:

Page: 102

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Freediving is one of the fastest growing water sports Not only is it easy to learn to freedive, you can dive all over the world. No matter where you go, you can always find a place to practice your freediving training. While you used to have to take weeks and weeks of classes to learn to freedive properly, you can now learn how to hold your breath, diaphragmatic breathing, and the very best freediving techniques, in this one, fun to read, easy to understand book. What will you learn in this book? * What freediving is.. * How to avoid ear pressure when freediving? * How to keep safe during the exercises? * Different types of diving * How you can start diving almost immediately! * What kind of freediving gear or freediving fins to purchase. * Where the best diving locations can be found. * How to deal with the fear and anxiety you might encounter? * How to train for Freediving? * Breath holding and breathing techniques. Tips for holding breath longer underwater! * Safety and preparedness. What a diving budy should do in an emergency? * And so much more..! While a class may seem like the best way to get into the freediving craze, in reality, you can learn everything you need to know from this book. It will teach you all about the different techniques, where to look for great freediving water, and even outline the best safety procedures. Like any sport that involves water, diving without scuba gear can be dangerous, but when you have the right gear and the right training, it is also the best way to see the beauty that the ocean holds. The main tenant of freediving is breath holding. In order to access to lower depths, you must train your body to hold its breath for longer and longer stretches of time. This does not come naturally to the human body, and to be able to hold your breath for more than a minute takes training and constant maintenance. This book will teach how to hone your body and your mind for this intense experience. Whether you are a novice looking to start this great sport, or an experienced freediver looking for a refresher on safety, techniques, and gear, there is no better book. Look no further for the very best in breathing techniques, freediving strategies, and safety tips. This sport is fun for all those who are willing to put the time and energy into learning the right methods and training their bodies. If you are ready to start learning an exciting new sport of freediving, grab your copy today! Check Out What Others Are Saying... "This is by far the most well rounded free diving book I've ever read. I practiced for many years and then took some time off. I was realy looking for a refresher course prior to a long overdue abalone dive. I really thought I knew it all from having so many years under my belt; I was wrong. I didn't know how much I still had to learn. I practiced the excercises in the book for about a week before my dive. I was nearly where I left off from my last dive years prior and within a month I plan to be on my A-game. Thanks to the author for providing such a detailed guide, it's opened up a whole new perspective on the sport that I grew up with! " - GrumpysGifts (USA) "This guide is one of the best written and detailed books on diving out there.For my personally holding my breath underwater was as hard as actual swimming so when I saw that there is a full chapter on how to master it, I knew I have to take this book. All the other tutorials and safety measures are well written so I am sure it will save a lot of lives.I recommend this book to anyone passioned about freediving. Five star for me !" - Vlad Buculei (Brno, Czech Republic)

Why Time Flies

A Mostly Scientific Investigation

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Author: Alan Burdick

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 141654027X

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 320

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“[Why Time Flies] captures us. Because it opens up a well of fascinating queries and gives us a glimpse of what has become an ever more deepening mystery for humans: the nature of time.” —The New York Review of Books “Erudite and informative, a joy with many small treasures.” —Science “Time” is the most commonly used noun in the English language; it’s always on our minds and it advances through every living moment. But what is time, exactly? Do children experience it the same way adults do? Why does it seem to slow down when we’re bored and speed by as we get older? How and why does time fly? In this witty and meditative exploration, award-winning author and New Yorker staff writer Alan Burdick takes readers on a personal quest to understand how time gets in us and why we perceive it the way we do. In the company of scientists, he visits the most accurate clock in the world (which exists only on paper); discovers that “now” actually happened a split-second ago; finds a twenty-fifth hour in the day; lives in the Arctic to lose all sense of time; and, for one fleeting moment in a neuroscientist’s lab, even makes time go backward. Why Time Flies is an instant classic, a vivid and intimate examination of the clocks that tick inside us all.

What a Fish Knows

The Inner Lives of Our Underwater Cousins

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Author: Jonathan Balcombe

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 0374288216

Category: Nature

Page: 304

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Do fishes think? Do they really have three-second memories? And can they recognize the humans who peer back at them from above the surface of the water? In What a Fish Knows, the myth-busting ethologist Jonathan Balcombe addresses these questions and more, taking us under the sea, through streams and estuaries, and to the other side of the aquarium glass to reveal the surprising capabilities of fishes. Although there are more than thirty thousand species of fish—more than all mammals, birds, reptiles, and amphibians combined—we rarely consider how individual fishes think, feel, and behave. Balcombe upends our assumptions about fishes, portraying them not as unfeeling, dead-eyed feeding machines but as sentient, aware, social, and even Machiavellian—in other words, much like us. What a Fish Knows draws on the latest science to present a fresh look at these remarkable creatures in all their breathtaking diversity and beauty. Fishes conduct elaborate courtship rituals and develop lifelong bonds with shoalmates. They also plan, hunt cooperatively, use tools, curry favor, deceive one another, and punish wrongdoers. We may imagine that fishes lead simple, fleeting lives—a mode of existence that boils down to a place on the food chain, rote spawning, and lots of aimless swimming. But, as Balcombe demonstrates, the truth is far richer and more complex, worthy of the grandest social novel. Highlighting breakthrough discoveries from fish enthusiasts and scientists around the world and pondering his own encounters with fishes, Balcombe examines the fascinating means by which fishes gain knowledge of the places they inhabit, from shallow tide pools to the deepest reaches of the ocean. Teeming with insights and exciting discoveries, What a Fish Knows offers a thoughtful appraisal of our relationships with fishes and inspires us to take a more enlightened view of the planet’s increasingly imperiled marine life. What a Fish Knows will forever change how we see our aquatic cousins—the pet goldfish included.

To the Elephant Graveyard

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Author: Tarquin Hall

Publisher: Grove Press

ISBN: 9780802138354

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 260

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An evocative account of life among the Khasi tribe in a remote region of India describes a people whose culture is intimately bound to the area's elephants, but this peaceful coexistence between human and animal is endangered by a killer elephant on the rampage, unless a hunt can find and destroy an animal responsible for dozens of deaths. Reprint.