What do the double front somersault, Switch 720 and freestyle backflip have in common?

If you’re like me, any of these stunts would earn you a one-way ticket to six months in a full body cast, compliments of “questionable extreme sports decisions”.

Instead, you watch in amazement as skilled platform divers, skiers and motocross champs perform incredible athletic feats of balance and precision.

As Steven Kotler investigates in his book, “The Rise of the Superhuman,” most people viewed these feats as unattainable.

Impossible. Unachievable. Each trick was its own mythical Four-minute Mile.

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