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How We Chase Dopamine: Porn, Social Media, and Alcohol

There's a trillion-dollar underground economy hiding in plain sight, says Steven Kotler, and it can be measured in dopamine.

Steroids: Wonder Drug? How the Pursuit of Clean Sports Cost People Better Health

Many diseases supposedly linked to steroid use in adults simply do not occur, says Steven Kotler. Steroids are, however, great at combating HIV/AIDS and as an anti-aging too.

Download Your Mind into Another Body? To No Longer Die Changes Everything

At some point this century, we will confront the prospect of immortality, says Steven Kotler. After our bodies die, it will be possible to upload our minds into a computer, and then download them into another body.

Are Out-of-Body and Near-Death Experiences Mystical or States of the Brain?

Some of the most impactful studies on out-of-body and near-death experiences were done by the U.S. Air Force when it purposefully induced the conditions on fighter pilots.

Get Ready for the Asteroid Gold Rush

Asteroid mining will be a major engine for future economic growth, says author and entrepreneur Steven Kotler.

Printing Guns, Drugs, and DNA Weapons: Organized Crime Is Being Decentralized

Every time there’s a new technology, criminals immediately take advantage of it, explains Steven Kotler. It's only a matter of time before they find new, nefarious uses for 3D printing and synthetic biology.

The 'God Helmet' can give you near-death and out-of-body experiences

Steven Kotler explains that a new device and its imitators can trigger "mystical" experiences in the brain.

Hack Your Flow: Understanding Flow Cycles, with Steven Kotler

We now know that flow works not like an on-off switch but in a four-part cycle. Understanding these cycles can help you to more often access flow.

Understanding Flow Triggers, with Steven Kotler

There are seventeen triggers for flow that can each draw your attention to the now. Mastering flow means building these triggers into your life.

What’s Actually Happening When Your Brain Goes “Wow”

Beyond neuroanatomy and neurochemistry, flow states rely on shifts in the brain's neuroelectricity.

The Neurochemistry of Flow States, with Steven Kotler

Steven Kotler explains the neurochemical changes during flow states that strengthen motivation, creativity and learning.

Introduction to the Optimized Brain, with Steven Kotler

Flow is technically defined as an optimal state of consciousness where we feel our best and we perform our best. Steven Kotler runs through the neuroanatomic shifts that make it possible.

Three Steps to Becoming an Exponential Entrepreneur, with Steven Kotler

The co-author of "Bold: How to Go Big, Create Wealth and Impact the World" discusses the 6 D's of exponential entrepreneurship while explaining how advanced technologies, psychological tools, and crowd-access strategies help exponential entrepreneurs get a leg up over their competition.

Slow Down Your Brain to Get More Done, with Steven Kotler

Steven Kotler, author of "The Rise of Superman," discusses hypofrontality -- literally the slowing of the prefrontal cortex -- and how it allows one to enter an optimal state of consciousness known as flow.

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