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Superhuman: Decoding the Science of Ultimate Human Performance
March 6, 2018
Not a lot of writers can say they have broken just shy of 100 bones in their research for a story. When Playboy published my feature "Superhuman" in the February 2012 issue, I didn't realize I was still only at the beginning of my reporting. The story is about athletes using flow states to achieve unbelievable performance.
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The Science of Peak Human Performance
February 10, 2018
The science of ultimate human performance has a bad name–literally...
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The Human Operating System Gets an Overhaul
February 2, 2018
Forget editing genes. This guy wants to write brand-new ones.
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The High-Tech Race to Make Deadly Adventure Sports Safe for Anyone
February 21, 2017
Risky pursuits like BASE jumping offer a buzz better than any drug. New technologies provide the same rush without the danger.
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Wave Rider
June 4, 2016
My earliest childhood belief was a sneaking suspicion that the world was more mysterious than people were letting on...
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The Passion Recipe: Four Steps To Total Fulfillment
March 27, 2015
Over the past few decades, “passion” has been declared everything from the secret to successful entrepreneurship to the foundation of a meaningful life...
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Billionaire Wisdom: 8 Insights From a Quartet of the World’s Most Effective Entrepreneurs
February 9, 2015
Until very recently, taking on grand challenges was off-limits for most people. Historically, going big meant huge capital outlays and multi-decade bets...
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Create a Work Environment That Fosters Flow
May 6, 2014
Everywhere we look in business, timetables once measured by calendars can now be clocked by egg timers. So how can we keep up?
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Space: The Final Sport Frontier
March 26, 2014
Felix Baumgartner jumped from 24 miles above Earth. Will others follow?
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Who’s In Charge Here: The Surprising Science of Self Control
December 23, 2013
You are not running the show—that’s one of bigger lessons from the cutting edge of biology...
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Evolution's Next Stage
December 17, 2013
Driven by technological advances, humans are changing faster than ever. Coming soon: our next stage, Homo evolutus.
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Matrix Learning
February 18, 2013
Downloading lessons into the brain might sound like sci-fi, but technology that activates neural patterns might soon help us practice while asleep.
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Hacking the President’s DNA
November 11, 2012
This is how the future arrived. It began innocuously, in the early 2000s, when businesses started to realize that highly skilled jobs formerly performed in-house...
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October 17, 2012
Decoding the hidden relationship betwen risk and creativity
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Einstein at the Beach: The Hidden Relationship Between Risk and Creativity
October 11, 2012
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Animals on Psychedelics: Survival of the Trippiest
December 29, 2010
Do animals do drugs? Every chance they get!
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The Dog Rescuer
October 31, 2010
It's May 2007 and I'm driving from Los Angeles, California to Chimayo, New Mexico in a beat-up truck packed floor-to-ceiling with the detritus of my life and too many dogs...
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Sick Puppies
September 30, 2010
Running a DIY dog-rescue operation is never easy, but when you've got two dozen misfit animals under your care, you need a way to let off steam.
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You Are Not You: The Conundrum of the “Me.”
August 26, 2010
Where is the self? Nowhere we look.
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Hollywood Science: Can we use FMRI to make horror movies even scarier?
May 6, 2010
Scanning your brain while you watch horror movies might hold the key to making them even more frightening. The findings could reshape the way scary movies—perhaps all movies—are filmed
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New Ideas About the Origin of Language
May 1, 2010
Did Language Develop Because Trade Developed?
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Nine Reasons to Buy the Malloy Brothers a Beer
April 24, 2010
How do three guys who get paid to surf the world, shoot movies, and design sweet gear still make you want to pick up their tab?
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When Life Flashes Before Your Eyes: A 15-Story Drop to Study the Brain's Internal Timewarp
April 12, 2010
A few moments ago, I was strapped into a harness and winched 150 feet into the air. Four massive steel girders support my weight, and I can see that I'm...
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The New Psychedelic Renaissance
April 1, 2010
For the first time in 40 years, the medical community is using psychedelic drugs such as LSD as therapeutic tools, dosing combat-addled Iraq vets and diseased patients coming to grips with their impending death. This is the story of medical adventurers and their high-flying patients.
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Animals on Psychedelics: Survival of the Trippiest
December 29, 2010
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The Whole Earth Catalog Effect
May 19, 2009
A look back at the long-lasting impact of a short-lived journal that altered the course of the world
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The Five Year Ban: Because A Billion Less People Is A Great Place To Start
February 8, 2009
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Way Beyond The Science
February 1, 2009
One of the leading conservationists and primatologists, Pat Wright has helped protect land and produced a first-class field research station, among other things.
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Juicing 3.0
July 15, 2008
Stem cells, Parkinson's pills, and viruses that improve your DNA: The next generation of performance enhancers won't show up on a urine test
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Man's Best Friend: A Brief History of Robots
December 1, 2005
Robots can now assist in surgery, navigate Mars, and even vacuum your living room.
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Extreme States
July 24, 2005
Out-of-body experiences? Near-death experiences? Researchers are beginning to understand what's really going on.
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Vision Quest
January 9, 2002
Alpha — at a long table in a windowless conference room in New York. On one end of the table there's an old television and a VCR...
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