EP49 Laurence Gonzales on Deep Survival

Laurence Gonzales talks to Jim about his book “Deep Survival” a look at survival in extreme conditions from a cognitive science & “you are there” POV, and more…

Laurence Gonzales

Author Laurence Gonzales talks to Jim about his book “Deep Survival” a fascinating look at survival in extreme conditions from both a cognitive science and “you are there” narrative perspective. Includes: multiple survival stories, the value of being cool in survival situations, preparing for an emergency, his perceive & believe heuristic, dangerous group dynamics, fighting stress with humor, learned helplessness, using emotion & reason properly in stressful situations, negative emotional capture, the value of failure, deep fatigue & rest, the value of being helpful, normal accidents, the nature of being lost, positive mental attitude, formal survival training, surviving survival, and more.

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Laurence Gonzales is the author of numerous books and has won many awards, including two National Magazine Awards and the Distinguished Service Award from the Society of Professional Journalists. He was also awarded the Montaigne Medal from the Eric Hoffer Society in 2018 and won the Eric Hoffer Award in both 2018 and 2019.

Laurence is also a keynote speaker, lecturer & editor. In 2015 he received the Miller Distinguished Scholarship from the Santa Fe Institute and in 2016 was given an appointment as a Miller Scholar there. Scholars are internally nominated and may have backgrounds in the humanities, arts, or sciences.