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The Rise of Superman by Steven Kotler

The Rise of Superman

by Steven Kotler (Author)

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"An exploration of how extreme athletes are able to break the limits of ultimate human performance and what we can learn from their mastery of the state of consciousness known as "flow." "--
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The Rise of Superman: Decoding the Science of Ultimate Human Performance by Steven Kotler


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The book has some good science breaks but is otherwise constantly redefining flow without tying it down to any standard definition. The authot talks of flow-hacking, chasing flow, flow riding, flow this and that but there is no definition, even when science comes in the picture there isn’t work to lock things down. So basically the book is all based on subjective ideas of flow, and therefore could just as easily be called bleem.

The awful thing is this flow is by definition, only when you dont make a mistake and lose your life falling off a mountain, so maybe a better name for this flow is luck? ( )
  yates9 | Feb 28, 2024 |
Extreme sports professionals have been pushing the boundaries of human performance beyond anything anybody thought possible by tapping into a state that apparently we all have inside of us, and which the proximity to death brings out.

How do we tap this state without risking our lives?

This is the book that answers that from a biochemical, neurological, historical and psychological way. ( )
  Ricardo_das_Neves | Jan 14, 2023 |
Interesting book on what makes us do and accomplish more as humans. ( )
  KyleneJones | Apr 25, 2022 |
Too many anecdotes, not enough meat.

Glad I read it, just felt like it could have been a good magazine article rather than a book. A definite trend in nonfiction. ( )
  ReaderWriterRunner | Jul 27, 2021 |
People without ideas do inconsequential things and some of them die. This is meant to inspire me but I find this pointless slaughter depressing. Then there's some pseudo science about flow. I'd like to coin a new phrase to describe this nonsense: stoner science. If you ever uttered the phrase "far out bro" unironically this book might be for you. ( )
  Paul_S | Dec 23, 2020 |
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