San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
The Long Now Foundation welcomes
the author of Deep: Freediving, Renegade Science,
and What the Ocean Tells Us about Ourselves
@ The Interval at Long Now: Doors open at 6:30; the talk begins at 7:30
Join us afterwards for drinks and conversation with our speaker
This book will do for the oceans what Cosmos did for space.
It's mind-bending, intrepid, and inspiring.
—Po Bronson, author of NurtureShock and What Should I Do with My Life?
James Nestor will take us from the ocean's surface to its greatest depths in the company of freedivers--who go hundreds of feet deep without scuba gear. In his research Nestor has found much more in freediving than a thrillseeker's pastime. Complex and compelling insights about not only the ocean and its creatures, but also the human body, await us in the depths.
In DEEP: Freediving, Renegade Science, and What the Ocean Tells us about Ourselves Nestor follows extreme athletes, adventurers, and scientists as they plumb the limits of the ocean's depths and uncover startling discoveries that, in many cases, redefine our understanding of the ocean and ourselves.
After learning to freedive himself, Nestor swims with sperm whales, the largest-brained creatures on the Earth. They are dangerous if not impossible to approach in scuba gear, but he finds they react to human freedivers in astounding ways.
This talk will feature photos and videos of freedivers plummeting hundreds of feet below the surface (to depths scientists claim are humanly impossible) and document amazing interactions with sperm whales, dolphins, sharks, and more.
DEEP has been selected as BBC Book of the Week, New York Times Editors' Choice, Amazon Best Book of the Month, Scientific American Recommended Read, The Week Book of the Week, Christian Science Monitor Top Book of July, amongst other accolades.
With verve and humor, the author describes his own risk-taking attempts to understand the ocean's ancient secrets and future potential and the daring and brilliant people who have dedicated their lives to probing deeper.
James Nestor is a journalist whose work has appeared in Outside Magazine, Men's Journal, Dwell, National Public Radio, The New York Times, and The San Francisco Chronicle Magazine, amongst others. An inveterate adventurer, his work has taken him throughout Central America and the South Pacific, even to the Arctic Circle. His 02012 electronic book Half Safe: A Story of Love, Obsession, and History's Most Insane Around-the-world Adventure documents Ben Carlin's decade-long, around-the-world journey on land and by sea in the same vehicle.
DEEP: Freediving, Renegade Science, and What the Ocean Tells Us about Ourselves will be on sale and the author will be signing books after the talk.
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When & Where
The Interval at Long Now
The Interval at Long Now is a bar, cafe and event venue located in historic Fort Mason Center on San Francisco's north shore within view of the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz. We serve delicious beverages in a room full of mechanical wonders and thousands of books.
We are open daily 10AM to midnight. Events are typically on Tuesday nights a few times a month. Tickets usually go on sale 2 weeks prior to the event. Talks sell out quickly due to our limited capacity.
Long Now members can purchase tickets before the general public.
The Interval is home to The Long Now Foundation which is dedicated to long-term thinking through projects including building a 10,000-year Clock, the monthly Seminars About Long-term Thinking (SALT), The Rosetta Project, PanLex, and Revive & Restore.