Summary of Stealing Fire
STEALING FIRE: How Silicon Valley, the Navy SEALs, and Maverick Scientists Are Revolutionizing the Way We Live and Work by Steven Kotler & Jamie Wheal. Copyright © 2017 by Steven Kotler and Jamie Wheal. Published by arrangement with Dey Street, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
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Steven Kotler stays true to the sensational, entertaining language he used in his New York Times bestseller, Abundance. He and co-author Jamie Wheal conquer a whirlwind of ideas and stories in this wide-ranging exploration of ecstasis – Greek for altered states of “flow,” euphoria and ecstasy. They explore ways to reach this altered state – covering an array of subjects such as transcendental meditation, intoxicating substances and virtual reality. They’re clear on what you stand to gain and risk. Kotler and Wheal may spend too much time attacking societal taboos, notably the hypocrisy of organized religion and the dishonesty of government in suppressing access to euphoria. Yet they accomplish a unique paradox – a page-turner you will put down frequently to process the implications of the information. Don’t look for too much depth; instead, regard this primer on personal exploration as a guide to the areas that interest you. getAbstract recommends this unusual treatise to anyone new to the concepts of flow and ecstasy.
In this summary, you will learn
- How entering a state of ecstasy has sparked people’s ideas and creative breakthroughs over the centuries;
- Why governments, society and business seek to control ecstasis; and
- What the risks and benefits of accessing “flow” and ecstasis are.
About the Authors
Best-selling author Steven Kotler founded the Flow Genome Project, where he researches altered states with Jamie Wheal and others.