Podcast #173 – Steven Kotler: Extreme Flow States for Humans & Dogs

Podcast #173 – Steven Kotler: Extreme Flow States for Humans & Dogs

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Steven Kotler is an award-winning journalist and author of multiple New York Times Best-sellers, including The Rise of Superman and Abundance, and co-founder of the Flow Genome Project. Steven is one of the world’s foremost experts on flow states and human performance, and has been featured in leading publications such as TIME, Wired, Forbes, and the New York Times. He also authored A Small Furry Prayer, a book about the relationship between animals and humans that draws on his experience running an animal sanctuary, Rancho de Chihuahua.

Why you should listen –

This is a special in-person interview shot live from the 2014 Bulletproof Conference, where Steven was the keynote speaker! Steven comes on Bulletproof Radio to discuss the evolutionary origins of flow, why running an animal sanctuary helps him in other areas of life, how to trigger flow, and how you can increase performance by conquering fear and facing death. Enjoy the show!

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For more info & to follow Steven:
Steven Kotler – http://riseofsuperman.com/about/
A Small Furry Prayer: Dog Rescue and the Meaning of Life by Steven Kotler – http://amzn.to/1yzNEOJ
Abundance: The Future Is Better Than You Think by Steven Kotler and Peter H. Diamandis – http://amzn.to/1xKJiY2
The Rise of Superman: Decoding the Science of Ultimate Human Performance by Steven Kotler – http://amzn.to/1tG3LM2
The Rise of Superman on Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/theriseofsuperman
Twitter – @riseofsuperman – https://twitter.com/riseofsuperman
The Rise of Superman on Google+ – https://plus.google.com/113633861813707255541/posts
The Rise of Superman on YouTube – http://www.youtube.com/user/RiseofSuperman
Flow Genome Project – http://www.flowgenomeproject.co/
Twitter – @flowgenome – https://twitter.com/@flowgenome
Flow Genome Project on Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/Flowgenome
Flow Genome Project on Vimeo – http://vimeo.com/flowgenometv

The Pocket Drone – Your personal flying robot (Kickstarter) – https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/airdroids/the-pocket-drone-your-personal-flying-robot
Flow States and Creativity by Steven Kotler (Psychology Today) – http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-playing-field/201402/flow-states-and-creativity
Dopamine – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dopamine
Norepinephrine – http://www.caam.rice.edu/~cox/wrap/norepinephrine.pdf
Anandamide – The Bliss Molecule – http://antoine.frostburg.edu/chem/senese/101/features/anandamide.shtml
Serotonin – The Happiness Hormone – http://www.princeton.edu/~achaney/tmve/wiki100k/docs/Serotonin.html
Cody Lundin, Aboriginal Living Skills School – http://www.codylundin.com/
Tom Brown, Jr.’s Tracking School – https://www.trackerschool.com/
Dr. Patricia C. Wright – http://home.patriciacwright.org/bio/
Dave Eggers, Once Upon a School – http://www.826national.org/once-upon-a-school/
Dave Eggers TED Talk – https://www.ted.com/talks/dave_eggers_makes_his_ted_prize_wish_once_upon_a_school
Peter Diamandis – http://www.diamandis.com/overview/
Haptic technology – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haptic_technology
Amygdala – http://neuroscience.uth.tmc.edu/s4/chapter06.html
Laird Hamilton – http://lairdhamilton.com/pages/Laird-Hamilton-Bio
Jonathan Haidt – http://people.stern.nyu.edu/jhaidt/
Negativity Bias – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Negativity_bias
The Bulletproof Diet Book – http://www.orderbulletproofdietbook.com/

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  1. The Rise of Superman: Decoding the Science of Ultimate Human Performance by  Steven Kotler.
    In this groundbreaking book, New York Times–bestselling 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 a book about profound possibility; about what is actually possible for our species; about where—if anywhere—our limits lie.

  2. Great show! If you are interested in ultimate human performance and how to be your best when it matters the most, Steven Kotler is the man. He's been a guest at The Art of Charm Podcast last week. Better check that out , too!

  3. I'm really, really glad Steven mentioned Service alongside Flow. Flow gives us awareness and power to be of maximum service. Flow for Flow sake has no potency. When I first discovered Flow, I was headed towards becoming a Flow Junkie until I applied service.