How Silicon Valley, the Navy SEALs, and Maverick Scientists Are Revolutionizing the Way We Live and Work
Over the past decade, Silicon Valley executives like Eric Schmidt and Elon Musk, Special Operators like the Navy SEALs and the Green Berets, and maverick scientists like Sasha Shulgin and Amy Cuddy have turned everything we thought we knew about high performance upside down.
Instead of grit, better habits, or 10,000 hours, these trailblazers have found a surprising short cut. They’re harnessing rare and controversial states of consciousness to solve critical challenges and outperform the competition.
New York Times bestselling author Steven Kotler and high performance expert Jamie Wheal spent four years investigating the leading edges of this revolution— from the home of SEAL Team Six to the Googleplex, the Burning Man festival, Richard Branson’s Necker Island, Red Bull’s training center, Nike’s innovation team, and the United Nations’ Headquarters.
And what they learned was stunning: In their own ways, with differing languages, techniques, and applications, every one of these groups has been quietly seeking the same thing: the boost in information and inspiration that nonordinary states of consciousness provide.
About Steven Kotler
Steven Kotler is a New York Times bestselling author, an award-winning journalist and the cofounder / director of research for the Flow Genome Project.
He is one of the world’s leading experts on high performance, disruptive technology and innovation.
He is also the author of eight books, including Stealing Fire, The Rise of Superman, Tomorrowland, Bold, Abundance, West of Jesus, A Small Furry Prayer and The Angle Quickest for Flight.
His writing has been translated into over 40 languages and appeared in over 80 publications, including The New York Times, Atlantic Monthly, Forbes, Wired and TIME.
He appears frequently on television and radio, and is an in-demand speaker and advisor to everyone from the U.S. Naval War College and Special Operations Command to Cisco and Google.
Alongside his wife, the author Joy Nicholson, Steven is the cofounder of Rancho de Chihuahua, a dog sanctuary in the mountains of Northern New Mexico. He has a BA from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and an MA from Johns Hopkins University and, whenever possible, can be found hurling himself down mountains at high speeds.
About Jamie Wheal
Jamie Wheal is an expert on peak performance and leadership, specializing in the neuroscience and application of Flow states.
He has advised everyone from the U.S. Naval War College and Special Operations Command, the athletes of RedBull, and the owners of NFL, NBA, MLB and Premier League teams, to the executives of Google, Deloitte Cisco and Young Presidents' Organization.
He studied historical anthropology under MacArthur Fellow Patricia Nelson Limerick, specializing in utopian social movements and his work has appeared in anthologies and peer-reviewed academic journals.
A Quick KeaLad Commentary on Stealing Fire
If you want to see the full scope of how far biohacking for mental flow can go... this is sure as hell the read for you. No doubt an extremely interesting read that I would recommend to anyone a little more down the biohacking and technology line of thought.
Stealing Fire covers a wide array of different practices for to achieve real peak mental states, and also covers a lot of the background and underlying theory for you to understand why these practices or substances do what they do. These guys are well deep in the technology and research and have presented a really interesting read ...as well as one I feel very comfortable to trust in terms of efficacy of the statements they make.
The only real downside is how blimmin' cool some of they tech they describe sounds, due to the fact that a lot of it is not really accessible or available for the average Joe in New Zealand. Not all of it though, there is still plenty of chat on the very accessible options such as float tanks, surfing (a personal favourite of mine) and lifestyle practices.
10/10 Highly recommended for biohacking nerds.
Your KeaLad, Thomas - VitaKea Caretaker 🌿