Jamie Wheal and the Benefits of Altered States
Why are Silicon Valley founders flocking to Burning Man?
What is Seal Team 6 doing with woo-woo technology developed by counter culture hippies?
And how can all of this help you unlock yourself from your own mental cage?
Jamie Wheal (along with Steven Kotler) is the co-author of Stealing Fire: How Silicon Valley, the Navy SEALs, and Maverick Scientists are Revolutionizing the Way We Live and Work.
In this encore episode, Jamie discusses how we can all benefit from a better understanding of altered states.
In this interview:
- Why startup founders are flocking to Burning Man
- Why 10,000 hours doesn’t guarantee you’ll become a master
- Why dolphins get stoned
- How to tame your inner critic
- How Seal Team 6 (DEVGRU) is using altered states to be even more badass
- What action sport athletes, meditators, dancers, porn addicts, and bio-hackers all have in common
- The common traits of “ecstasis”
About Jamie Wheal
Jamie Wheal is the author of Recapture the Rapture: Rethinking God, Sex and Death In a World That’s Lost Its Mind and the global bestseller Stealing Fire: How Silicon Valley, Navy SEALs, and Maverick Scientists Are Revolutionizing the Way We Live and Work and the founder of the Flow Genome Project, an international organization dedicated to the research and training of human performance.
His work and ideas have been covered in The New York Times, Financial Times, Wired, Entrepreneur, Harvard Business Review, Forbes, Inc., and TED. He has spoken at Stanford University, MIT, the Harvard Club, Imperial College, Singularity University, the U.S. Naval War College and Special Operations Command, Sandhurst Royal Military Academy, the Bohemian Club, and the United Nations.
He lives high in the Rocky Mountains in an off-grid cabin with his partner, Julie; two children, Lucas and Emma; and their golden retrievers, Aslan and Calliope. When not writing, he can be found mountain biking, kitesurfing, and backcountry skiing.