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Live in South Africa. Love parkour and YouAreNotSoSmart podcast. Atheist and voracious reader

Stealing Fire by Steven Kotler and Jamie Wheal

Rating: 5/5

One sentence: Non-ordinary states are fundamentally shifting our world

This book is documenting how the leading edge is using altered states to accelerate results. They are stealing the fire and making available to the masses peak and transcendental states.

We spend roughly $4 trillion every year chasing these states of Ecstasis

These states have 4 common characteristics: Selflessness, Timelessness, Effortlessness and Richness. STER for short.

This phenomenon has been happening under the radar because of the threat it presented to organised religion and bureaucracy. It has been happening almost as long as there were humans.

The four forces used for attaining this state: Psychology, Neurobiology, Pharmacology and Technology

Advances in all four these areas are making ecstatic states more available. To everyone, not just the super-elites.

Inducing these states is powerful. Very powerful. As this becomes easier to do for both benefit and harm it becomes essential that it is used in an ethical manner. Time will tell who will win this battle for control. Good or evil?

This battle will transform the world as we know it, in profound and far-reaching ways.

Read the book.

To happiness, and beyond!