The Rise of Superman: Decoding the Science of Ultimate Human Performance

The Rise of Superman: Decoding the Science of Ultimate Human Performance

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By (author) Steven Kotler

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  • Publisher: Quercus Publishing Plc
  • Format: Paperback | 256 pages
  • Dimensions: 153mm x 234mm x 22mm | 330g
  • Publication date: 6 March 2014
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1782060251
  • ISBN 13: 9781782060253
  • Sales rank: 27,401

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Right now, more people are risking their lives for their sports then ever before in history. As Thomas Pynchon once put it in Gravity's Rainbow, 'it is not often that Death is told so clearly to f@%* off'. Over the past three decades, the bounds of the possible in action and adventure sports - from sky-diving to motocross to surfing and beyond - have been pushed farther and faster. A generation's worth of iconoclastic misfits have rewritten the rules of the feasible; not just raising the bar, but obliterating it altogether. Along the way, they have become a force pushing evolution relentlessly onward. In a thrilling narrative that draws on biology, psychology, and philosophy, Steven Kotler asks why, at the tail end of the 20th century and the early portion of the 21st, are we seeing such a multi-sport assault on reality? Did we somehow slip through a wormhole to another universe where gravity is optional and common sense obsolete? And where - if anywhere - do our actual limits lie?

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Steven Kotler is a best-selling author, award-winning journalist and director of research for the Flow Genome Project. His books include Abundance, A Small Furry Prayer, and West of Jesus. His articles have appeared in New York Times Magazine, Wired, GQ, Outside, Popular Science, Men's Journal and Discover. He lives in New Mexico with his wife, the author Joy Nicholson.

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'An electrifying book about a potent state of mind. If you aren't inspired to brainhack your way up to the next level, start again at page one' David Eagleman, neuroscientist, New York Times bestselling author of Incognito. 'Some of the stories of extreme sports are remarkable' Matthew Syed, The Times.

Table of contents

Preface: The Why of Flow. Introduction: Before the Flow. PART ONE - HE IS THIS FRENZY: The Way of Flow; The Wave of Flow; The Where of Flow; The What of Flow; The Flow Shortcut. PART TWO - FLOW HACKER NATION: Outer Flow; Inner Flow; The We of Flow; The Flow of Imagination. PART THREE - TIME TO RISE: The Dark Side of Flow; The Flow of Next; Flow to Abundance. Afterword. Author's Note. Notes. About the Author. Index.