In this groundbreaking audiobook, New York Times best-selling author Steven Kotler decodes the mystery of ultimate human performance. Drawing on over a decade of research and first-hand reporting with dozens of top action and adventure sports athletes like big wave legend Laird Hamilton, big mountain snowboarder Jeremy Jones, and skateboarding pioneer Danny Way, Kotler explores the frontier science of “flow”, an optimal state of consciousness in which we perform and feel our best.
Building a bridge between the extreme and the mainstream, The Rise of Superman explains how these athletes are using flow to do the impossible and how we can use this information to radically accelerate performance in our own lives.
At its core, this is an audiobook about profound possibility; about what is actually possible for our species; about where - if anywhere - our limits lie.
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Lots of pop, and a bit of insight
This book disappoints. It starts out with the premise that human sports progress recently have accelerated dramatically, and then proceeds to list a number of new adventure sports, like kayaking down a water fall. It obviously easier to progress faster in a just invented sport.
The message about “flow” is interesting and worth while absorbing, Both not worth your time or my $12.
Then Kotler goes on to quoting a lot of neuroscience hypothesis as facts, e.g. association specific frequencies of brain oscillations with different mental states. I’m a neuroscientist and call inform my fellow readers that it’s not that simple at all, and that many findings cannot be reproduced, or only under certain highly defined circumstances., Etc, etc…