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Tahoe discussion: Discovering the science of superhuman performance

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Steven Kotler is one of the world’s leading experts on ultimate human performance.
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OLYMPIC VALLEY, Calif. — Squaw Valley Institute this week will feature a presentation by Steven Kotler, a New York Times best-selling author and co-founder and director of Research for the Flow Genome Project.

He is one of the world’s leading experts on ultimate human performance. His work has been translated into over 40 languages and has appeared in 80 publications.

“The Rise of Superman” was one of the most talked about books in 2014 and the first book in history to chart simultaneously in four different categories on national bestseller lists (sports, science, psychology and business).

In it, Kotler decodes the science of “flow,” an optimal state of peak performance in which the impossible becomes possible — with critical implications in business, education, technology and society as a whole.

What if you could literally quintuple your productivity? What if you could take your motivation, creativity and learning to stratospheric levels?

These answers and more lie in “flow,” an optimal state of consciousness where we feel our best and perform our best.

Researchers now know that “flow” sits at the heart of almost every athletic championship; underpins most major scientific breakthroughs; and accounts for significant progress in the arts. In business, its impact has been substantial.

Drawing on over 15 years of research, including first-hand reporting with dozens of top action and adventure athletes, Kotler will discuss how “flow” is a transformation available to anyone, anywhere, provided that certain initial conditions are available.

Kotler’s other books have explored the intersection of human capabilities, technology and consciousness.

“Abundance” breaks down four emerging forces that give humanity the potential to significantly raise global standards of living over the next 20 to 30 years.

This month, Kotler is releasing his new book “BOLD: How to go big, create wealth and impact the world.”

The presentation takes place Thursday, Feb. 20, at 6:30 p.m., with Q-and-A following, at the Olympic Village Lodge in Squaw Valley.

A panel of professional athletes, including J.T. Holmes and Dirk Collins, will join Kotler.

Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. with a no-host bar reception. Tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for students. Children aged nine and SVI members are always admitted free.

This article was submitted to the Sun by Squaw Valley Institute, a nonprofit dedicated to presenting programs that span a variety of topics including the environment; film and entertainment; education; health and wellness; music; world affairs and extreme sports. Visit squawvalleyinstitute.org to learn more.


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