Steven Kotler is a New York Times bestselling author, an award-winning journalist and the cofounder and director of research of the Flow Genome Project. He is one of the world’s leading experts on high performance. Alongside his wife, author Joy Nicholson, Kotler is also the co-founder of the Rancho de Chihuahua dog sanctuary.
He is the author of eight bestsellers, 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 100 publications, including The New York Times, Atlantic Monthly, Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Wired and TIME. Both A Small Furry Prayer and Stealing Fire were nominated for the Pulitzer Prize.
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4 New York Times Bestsellers
Translated Into Over 40 Languages
2 Pulitzer Prize Nominations
THE RISE OF SUPERMAN unlocks the code of ultimate human performance—bridging the gap between the extreme and the mainstream. The Finiccial Times call it "a fascinating primer on how (to) use flow to accomplish what seem like impossible goals."
Stealing Fire is a provocative examination of what’s actually possible; according to author Neil Strauss it's "meticulously researched and innovatively conceptualized". Ultimately, its a guidebook for anyone who wants to radically upgrade their life.
Tomorrowland is a fascinating exploration of our incredible next: a deep dive into those future technologies happening now—those pivotal moments when science fiction became science fact–and what it means to be a part of this brave new world.
"A thrilling and important read!" - Howard Bloom
In BOLD, Steven and Peter offer a highly practical playbook that arms today’s entrepreneurs, activists, and leaders with the tools and techniques they need to positively impact the world while simultaneously making their biggest dreams come true. Having received acclaim from Former U.S. President Bill Clinton, Ray Kurzweil and Michael Dell it's a must read for all changemakers.
In The Angle Quickest for Flight, a quintet of eccentric outlaws search for a sacred book hidden in the Vatican. Steven’s bestselling first novel, which received acclaim from masters such as John Barth, moves with dizzying power across continents and epochs, weaving a multilayered narrative around secret societies, mad magicians, and a runaway boy named Angel.
West of Jesus is a spiritual and scientific surf quest. It’s an inquiry into the science of spirituality and the nature of belief–how it works in the body, the brain, our culture, and human history. This is why the Village Voice called it a quest for "nothing less than the big explanation". The exploration is carried out through the unraveling of a surf legend over a three-year globetrotting quest. The results are a startling mix of big waves and bigger ideas: a surfer's journey into the biological underpinnings of belief itself.
Abundance is an antidote to pessimism. The controversial thesis is that all is within our grasp. This bold, contrarian view, backed up by exhaustive research, introduces our near-term future, where exponentially growing technologies and three other powerful forces are conspiring to better the lives of billions.
"Agodsend for those who suffer from Armageddon fatigue." --The Economist
A Small Furry Prayer begins with Kotler's personal experience working with an ever-peculiar pack of dogs and becomes a much deeper investigation into exactly what it means to devote one's life to the furry and the four-legged. Along the way, Kotler combs through every aspect of canine-human relations, from human's long history with dogs through brand new research into the neuroscience of canine companionship, in the end discovering why living in a world of dogs may be the best way to uncover the truth about what it really means to be human. “Joyous… Brimming with humor, gratitude, and grace, this is a remarkable story.” ―Publishers Weekly
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Steven Kotler on Fareed Zakaria GPS
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"The Rise of Superman: Decoding the Science of Ultimate Human Performance"
Talks at Google
Engineering Super Human Traits | Jason Silva and Steven Kotler
"Diamandis and Kotler does a masterful job of explaining why we are at the start of a new era of radically increasing standards of living throughout the world. Abundance is essential reading for anyone looking for a better tomorrow."
Bill Clinton, 42nd U.S. President
"Bold is a visionary roadmap for people who believe they can change the world - and offers invaluable advice about bringing together the partners and technologies to help them do it."
Sir Richard Branson, Chairman of the Virgin Group
"Abundance provides proof that the proper combination of technology, people and capital can meet any grand challenge."
Timothy Ferriss, Investor and #1 NY Times Bestselling Author of The 4-Hour Workweek
"Diamandis and Kotler challenge us all to solve humanity’s grand challenges. Innovative small teams are now empowered to accomplish what only governments and large corporations could once achieve. The result is nothing less than the most transformative and thrilling period in human history."
Ray Kurzweil, Director of Engineering at Google, Author of How to Create a Mind and The Singularity is Near
"The Rise of Superman is a page-turning, game-changing account of the secrets of ultimate human performance—a must read for anyone interested in seriously raising the level of their game."
Arianna Huffington, CEO, Huffington Post
“At a moment when our world faces multiple crises and is awash in pessimism, Abundance redirects the conversation, spotlighting scientific innovators working to improve people’s lives around the world. The result is more than a portrait of brilliant minds – it’s a reminder of the infinite possibilities for doing good when we tap into our own empathy and wisdom.”
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