The Nature Instinct

The Nature Instinct : Learn to Find Direction, Sense Danger, and Even Guess Nature's Next Move--Faster Than Thought

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"A captivating guide to finding one's way in the wild."--The Wall Street Journal

Publisher's note: The Nature Instinct was published in the UK under the title Wild Signs and Star Paths.

Master outdoorsman Tristan Gooley was just about to make camp when he sensed danger--but couldn't say why. After sheltering elsewhere, Gooley returned to investigate: What had set off his subconscious alarm?

Suddenly, he understood: All of the tree trunks were slightly bent. The ground had already shifted once and could easily become treacherous in a storm.

The Nature Instinct shows how we, too, can unlock this intuitive understanding of our surroundings. Learn to sense the forest's edge from deep in the woods, or whether a wild animal might pose danger--before you even know how you know.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 384 pages
  • 145 x 201 x 28mm | 386g
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 1615195912
  • 9781615195916
  • 706,660

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An Amazon Most Anticipated Fall Book for Nonfiction

"A captivating guide to finding one's way in the wild."--The Wall Street Journal

"[A] beautifully written almanac of tricks and tips that we've lost along the way, with the intention of helping us regain what he calls the 'sixth sense': our innate ability to scan the landscape and anticipate what might happen next . . . Long story short, I now trust Tristan Gooley with my life."--Guardian

"Gooley offers the reader a chance to recover the outdoorsman's natural sense through 52 'keys, ' to exchange slow, analytic thinking for the fast thinking that makes connections with nature in a way that few now experience. I recommend turning those keys and seeing what happens."--Field Magazine

"With the promise of fostering a level of awareness so rarefied as to be a 'sixth sense, ' Gooley takes readers on a journey to acquaint them with the sounds and signs of nature. . . . The rewards are there for those willing to learn the lessons provided in this detailed and lovely book."--Publishers Weekly

"An imperative book for outdoors enthusiasts but also contains important information for anyone who spends time outside. Gooley's book is a comprehensive guide to gaining back what was lost; it will help its audience appreciate nature and animals with a new set of eyes."--Foreword

"The most powerful parts of The Nature Instinct are its many examples of how to correct our present-day nature deficit. By undertaking the exercises he describes--using Orion to tell direction and time, creating maps from the wind, or identifying trees by their sounds--the book 'gently' hammers our brains 'into a new pattern of thought.'"--Undark

"Gooley writes affectingly of how to recapture our ability to live in the real world with senses 'almost forgotten and steamrollered by our modern lifestyle.' . . . A welcome read for the outdoor inclined."--Kirkus Reviews

"An artful yet practical guide to better understanding nature."--Choice

"Most of us have lost our way in nature at one time or another.. . . Gooley can you lead you back to nature if you're willing to invest the time."--National Parks Traveler

"[A] fascinating look at immersing oneself in nature and understanding what one sees."--Library Journal

"What's wonderful about this book is not just that it is full of helpful instructions for decoding the numerous clues the Earth provides to its workings--from the flick of a lizard's tail to a flutter in a bramble hedge--Gooley also communicates and inspires a joyful awe in the countless daily occurrences which offer observant travelers a key to the planet's miraculous system."--Big Issue

"A paean to the beauty and majesty of nature, especially the nature we overlook in our back gardens and local parks. . . . And like all the best books, it makes the world around you a lot more interesting."--Spectator

"Beautifully written. . . . I promise you will feel more in tune with the world around after reading only one chapter."--Royal Institute of Navigation
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About Tristan Gooley

Tristan Gooley is the New York Times-bestselling author of How to Read Water, How to Read Nature, The Lost Art of Reading Nature's Signs, and The Natural Navigator. He is a leading expert on natural navigation, and his passion for the subject stems from his hands-on experience. He has led expeditions in five continents; climbed mountains in Europe, Africa, and Asia; sailed boats across oceans; and piloted small aircrafts to Africa and the Arctic. He is the only living person to have both flown solo and sailed single-handedly across the Atlantic, and he is a Fellow of the Royal Institute of Navigation and the Royal Geographical Society. He is currently vice-chairman of Trailfinders, and he runs the world's only school of natural navigation. Visit his website:
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