10.31.2014

Too Long For a Tweet, Too Short for a Blog Post XII


http://riseofsuperman.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/book_front_big.jpg Here's an excerpt from a book I recently read: "The Rise of Superman: Decoding the Science of Ultimate Human Performance," by Steven Kotler.



“Go back to Roger Bannister’s time and the most sophisticated equipment we had was a stopwatch,” says Michael Gervais. “Knowing how long it takes someone to do something is useful, but it’s still a gross metric that explains little about the why. The stopwatch told us Bannister ran a sub-four mile, yet we learned nothing about how he did it or how we could do it. But between then and now there have been six or seven measurement milestones. We moved from gross physical measures to more precise bio-data, from invasive bio-data procedures to noninvasive procedures. Until you get to where we are today—able to measure and quantify ATP (adenosine triphosphate—essentially cellular energy) levels in real time. This means that our ability to stalk elite performance has undergone a sea change.”



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