Dr. Wallace J. Nichols

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Wallace J. Nichols is a scientist, activist, community organizer, author and dad.

He is the author of 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.

He has authored more than 200 scientific papers, technical reports, book chapters, and popular publications; lectured in more than 30 countries and nearly all 50 states; and appeared in hundreds of print, film, radio, and television media outlets including NPR, BBC, PBS, CNN, MSNBC, National Geographic, Animal Planet, Time, Newsweek, GQ, Outside Magazine, USA Today, Elle, Vogue, Fast Company, Surfer Magazine, Scientific American, and New Scientist, among many others.

In this episode we discuss:

J doesn’t do much freediving but has in the past.
He was born in New York City.
Falling in love with the ocean.
The origins of the Blue Mind project.
What is the premise behind Blue Mind?
Red Mind, Grey Mind, Blue Mind.
What is soft fascination and getting back the bandwidth?
Water is the greatest source of awe for humans.
Thoughts about our evolutionary past.
Freediving can be a spiritual pursuit.
Blue Mind extending into major sports.
Water is the on-ramp to a meditative state.
How to reach people and connect them with Blue Mind.
Water facilitating hospices and end of life care.
Working with first responders and veterans.
What can we do to stimulate the Blue Mind when you’re in the middle of a city?
About the Blue Mind film HERE
J is open to collaboration.
What to do about the crisis in the world’s oceans.
What is J’s water?
J’s recommended book is by The River Swimmer by Jim Harrison
The joys of Patreon

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