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Deep Survival: How to Build a Fire

After a million-plus years of tinkering, we’ve finally found a foolproof way to make fire. (Just ın time for winter.) Text by Contributing Editor Laurence Gonzales, author of the books Everyday Survival and Deep Survival No one knows exactly when humans first mastered fire, but there’s evidence that it was more than a million years ago. In the 1960s the paleoanthropologist F.…

Deep Survival: Most Airplane Accidents Are Survivable – Here’s How

This year, 500* people have died in airline accidents. Here’s how to avoid being the next.  Text by Contributing Editor Laurence Gonzales, author of the books Everyday Survival and Deep Survival; Illustration by William Duke Flying is a daring undertaking: Whether you realize it or not, you’re putting yourself in a Coke can full of explosive fuel going nearly three-quarters…

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Anne Frank’s Extraordinary Act of Survival

Anne’s  Great Act How a young girl hiding in an attic, writing in her journal, transcended what it means to survive. Text by Contributing Editor Laurence Gonzales, author of the books Everyday Survival and Deep Survival; Illustration by Marc YankusIf she had lived, Anne Frank would have turned 80 this June. Hers was an extraordinary…

Deep Survival: Anne Frank’s Extraordinary Act of Survival

Anne’s  Great Act How a young girl hiding in an attic, writing in her journal, transcended what it means to survive. Text by Contributing Editor Laurence Gonzales, author of the books Everyday Survival and Deep Survival; Illustration by Marc YankusIf she had lived, Anne Frank would have turned 80 this June. Hers was an extraordinary…

Deep Survival: Lessons From an Oil Rig
Why Dangerous Places Are More “Safe”

Text by Laurence Gonzales Occasionally, I Iike to visit some place where the objective hazards appear so great that I can remind myself what paying attention really means. The way we behave in environments full of risk is pretty different from how we act in the safety of our world at home. For example, I…

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Lessons From an Oil Rig: Why Dangerous Places Have Fewer Fatalities Than “Safe”

Text by Laurence Gonzales Occasionally, I Iike to visit some place where the objective hazards appear so great that I can remind myself what paying attention really means. The way we behave in environments full of risk is pretty different from how we act in the safety of our world at home. For example, I…

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When Times Were Really Tough

Text by Contributing Editor Laurence Gonzales, author of the books Everyday Survival and Deep Survival Lucy had a small brain, tiny bones, and wasn’t even four feet tall. But Lucy, the australopith, was a survivor.   Many years ago, I read of a discovery that set my mind on fire. An American paleoanthropologist named Donald…

Deep Survival with Laurence Gonzales
When Times Were Really Tough

Text by Contributing Editor Laurence Gonzales, author of the books Everyday Survival and Deep Survival Lucy had a small brain, tiny bones, and wasn’t even four feet tall. But Lucy, the australopith, was a survivor.   Many years ago, I read of a discovery that set my mind on fire. An American paleoanthropologist named Donald…

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How to Control Panic

When we hear the word “panic,” most of us imagine someone running around and screaming. But panic takes many forms. It can be thought of simply as any behavior that occurs when the level of stress or emotion is high enough to prevent conscious thought and deliberate decision-making. For example, most people panic when they…

Deep Survival with Laurence Gonzales:
How to Control Panic

When we hear the word “panic,” most of us imagine someone running around and screaming. But panic takes many forms. It can be thought of simply as any behavior that occurs when the level of stress or emotion is high enough to prevent conscious thought and deliberate decision-making. For example, most people panic when they…