Terms like “deviant” and “misfit” are normally freighted with negative connotations. But neuroscientist Beau Lotto explains in his new book, Deviate: The Science of Seeing Differently, that it is our ability to defy conformity that has triggered nearly every advance in human progress. The next big innovation probably won’t be a new technology, he says, but a new way of seeing.

NG Book Talk Looks At Perception – And The Power ...


"I figured I was dead. I would just keep falling and never wake up." This is how John All, co-author of Icefall: Adventures at the Wild Edges of Our Dangerous, Changing Planet, describes the moment after he plunged 70 feet into a crevasse in the Himalayas. Alone, and with a dislocated shoulder, he had to haul himself from ledge to ledge toward the surface, using only one arm.

Icefall! A Mountaineer On The Front Line Of Climate Change


What makes a person abandon the world and become a hermit? Was Chris Knight merely an anti-social loner? Or does he have something important to teach us? These are some of the questions journalist Michael Finkel, who has written for National Geographic, asks in his book The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit.

Hiding In Plain Sight: How A Modern Day Hermit Hid ...



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Mary Jennings Hegar, a former helicopter pilot for the U.S. Air National Guard, is only the second woman, after Amelia Earhart, to get the Distinguished Flying Cross with a Valor Device. So it’s not that surprising that Angelina Jolie is in talks to play Hegar in the movie version of her new memoir, Shoot Like A Girl.

This Female Helicopter Pilot Took On The Taliban – and ...


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In 2007, viral encephalitis burned through the brain of Lonni Sue Johnson, a musician, amateur pilot, and successful illustrator for The New Yorker. Johnson lost most of her memories as well as the ability to make new ones. Today, she lives in what journalist Michael D. Lemonick calls The Perpetual Now, the title of his book about Johnson and the new discoveries about memory that her tragedy has made possible.

Book Talk: The Amazing Story Of How An Artist’s Memory ...


Holocaust Survivor Edita Grosman is 95. She was on the First Jewish Transport to Auschwitz w/999 other young women. I am helping raise funds for a documentary project to film & interview her in March. It's time sensitive. So please support this wonderful project with your donation.

The Last Survivor: Please Support A Wonderful Kickstarter Project



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When National Geographic caught up with Schutt by phone at his home on Long Island, the author explained how, in the animal kingdom, cannibalism is extremely common; why mad cow disease and a degenerative brain condition found in the highlands of New Guinea were both caused by cannibalism; and how climate change could trigger mass cannibalism.

Cannibalism From Black Widow Spiders To Hannibal Lecter





This week, the National Park Service marks its hundredth birthday. Hailed by filmmaker Ken Burns as “America’s best idea,” there are today 59 national parks spanning every region of the country—from the mountains of Glacier National Park in Montana to the cactus forests of the Saguaro National Park in Arizona.

Book Talk Celebrates America’s National Parks