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Themes are the seven broad umbrellas under which we organize the hundreds of big ideas that populate Big Think. They include New World Order, Earth and Beyond, 21st Century Living, Going Mental, Extreme Biology, Power and Influence, and Inventing the Future.

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Mind-Body Hacks

The Big Idea for Friday, June 07, 2013

British researchers released a study that shows competition can drive athletes to go faster than otherwise possible. That intuitively makes sense. But the study, which is summarized in today's lesson, reveals something else:

There is a reserve of extra performance that the body can be tricked into accessing in competition, but only when the brain doesn't realize that it is sending the body past its normal absolute maximum level of exertion.




  1. 1 Trick Your Body into Going Faster
    Tom Hartsfield Experts' Corner
  2. 2 How the Westboro Baptist Church Can Help You Lose Weight
    Daniel Honan Think Tank
  3. 3 New Insights into the Habits of Highly Ineffective People
    David Berreby Mind Matters
  4. 4 Tim Ferriss: How to Cook Like a Pro in 4 Hours
    Tim Ferriss

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