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

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**Wall Street Journal Bestseller

**New York Times Bestseller

“A thrill ride of a book, empowering in its implications of what any individual can achieve.”- Kirkus Reviews

“A fascinating primer on how athletes of extreme sports use flow to accomplish what seem like impossible goals, such as
skiing down cliffs or surfing 100-foot waves. But a close reading of the book also provides great insights into how
everyday athletes can use flow in their workouts and the rest of their lives.” - Financial Times

“Kotler takes on the latest research on flow through the lens of action and adventure athletics…. [writing] primarily
about flow in high-stakes sports like surfing — where focus and concentration can be the difference between a tubular
ride and a watery death — but the concept could also have big implications for the business world.” - Fortune

“In this high-octane study, Steven Kotler explores ‘flow’, a neurochemically rich state in which cognitive and
physiological processes mesh. The stupendous physical feats of the late ski-base jumper Shane McConkey and others are
riveting. Equally surprising is what we know of flow science, such as how the brain’s superior frontal gyrus deactivates
to speed decision-making”- Nature

“The Rise of Superman is full of scientific explanations about why flow helps athletes perform at their peak, why this
is on the upswing in recent decades, and how almost anybody can better tap their ultimate potential.”- Surfer Magazine

“Kotler focuses on extreme sports for good reason. These athletes face a constant choice, “flow or die,” and his book
contains some compelling characters…Flow is rooted in the brain, and Kotler does a good job of explaining that
science.”- The Washington Post

“In Kotler’s riveting and beautifully written book, he explains the neuroscience behind the mystery of the flow state,
and provides the key to unlock innovation, creativity and ultimate achievement for leaders, entrepreneurs and anyone
interested in the big and bold.” - Peter Diamandis, New York Times bestselling author, founder of the X Prize,
co-founder of Singularity University.

”The Rise of Superman is an electrifying book about a potent state of mind. If you aren’t inspired to brainhack your
way up to the next level, start again at page one.”- David Eagleman, Neuroscientist, New York Times bestselling author
of Incognito.

“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.- Ray Kurzweil , Director of Engineering at Google,
author of How to Create a Mind and The Singularity is Near

”In THE RISE OF SUPERMAN, Steven Kotler breaks down the elusive and ecstatic ‘flow state’ that so many high performance
athletes, musicians, and artists refer to as indispensable to their creativity and virtuosity – and in doing so, offers
us a map to achieve massive upgrades in our capacities and potential.”- Jason Silva, futurist, host of National
Geographic’s Brain Games

THE RISE OF SUPERMAN is a tour de force. Rare the book that is learned, clever, fascinating, and useful. This book is
all four. Inspiring, impeccably researched, and supremely practical, Kotler’s book is a must-read for everyone who wants
in on the secrets on how to surpass their personal best. - Ned Hallowell, New York Times best-selling author and Harvard
Medical School psychiatrist

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About the Author
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Steven Kotler is a bestselling author and an award-winning journalist. His books include the non-fiction
works: Abundance, A Small, Furry Prayer, and West of Jesus, and the novel The Angle Quickest for Flight. His articles
have appeared in over 60 publications, including: New York Times Magazine, Wired, Discover, Popular Science, Outside,
GQ, and National Geographic. He writes “The Playing Field,” a blog about the science of sport and culture for
PsychologyToday.com.

Kotler is also the co-founder and director of research at the Flow Genome Project, an international organization devoted
to putting flow state research on a hard science footing, and the co-founder of the New Mexico-based Rancho de Chihuahua
dog sanctuary.

He has a BA in English/Creative Writing from the University of Wisconsin, Madison and an MA from the John Hopkins
University in Creative Writing.

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