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

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

by Steven Kotler


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An exploration of how extreme athletes break the limits of ultimate human performance and what we can learn from their mastery of the state of consciousness known as “flow”

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 interviews with dozens of top action and adventure sports athletes such as 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 where 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 our performance in our own lives.

At its core, this is a book about profound possibility, what is actually possible for our species, and where—if anywhere—our limits lie.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781477800836
Publisher: HMH Books
Publication date: 03/04/2014
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

STEVEN KOTLER is an award-winning journalist and the best-selling author of Abundance and A Small Furry Prayer. He has written for the New York TimesMagazine, Wired, GQ, and NationalGeographic. Kotler is the cofounder of the Flow Genome Project.


Table of Contents

Preface: The Why of Flow vii

Introduction: Before the Flow xi

Part 1 He Is This Frenzy

1 The Way of Flow 3

2 The Wave of Flow 23

3 The Where of Flow 42

4 The What of Flow 59

5 The Flow Shortcut 75

Part 2 Flow Hacker Nation

6 Outer Flow 93

7 Inner Flow 109

8 The We of Flow 127

9 The Flow of Imagination 140

Part 3 Time to Rise

10 The Dark Side of Flow 153

11 The Flow of Next 169

12 Flow to Abundance 187

Afterword 195

Author's Note 196

Notes 199

About the Author 222

Index 223

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