Steven Kotler
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Steven Kotler

Steven Kotler is a New York Times best-selling author, an award-winning journalist and the Co-founder & Director of Research for the Flow Genome Project. He is one of the world's leading experts on ultimate human performance.

His work has been translated into over 40 languages and has appeared in 80 publications, including The New York Times, Atlantic Monthly, Forbes, Wired and TIME. He also writes "Far Frontiers," a blog about science and culture for, appears frequently on television and radio and lectures widely on technological, scientific and cultural issues, both to corporate and education institutions. Recent appearances include Google, JP Morgan, Omnicom Media, and Menlo Ventures.

His latest work, The Rise of Superman, was one of the most talked about books in 2014 and the first book in history to chart simultaneously in four different categories on national best-seller lists (sports, science, psychology and business) In it, Steven decodes the science of flow, an optimal state of peak performance where the impossible becomes possible—with critical implications in business, education, technology, and society as a whole.

His other books have explored the intersection of human capabilities, technology and consciousness. Abundance breaks down four emerging forces that give humanity the potential to significantly raise global standards of living over the next 20 to 30 years. Abundance spent 10 weeks atop the New York Times best-seller list and appeared on four prestigious "Best Book of the Year" lists. A Small, Furry Prayer—Steven's book about the relationship between humans and animals—was a national best-seller and nominated for a Pulitzer Prize; West of Jesus, which examines the neurobiology of spiritual experience, was a Pen/West finalist; and his best-selling novel, The Angle Quickest For Flight, won the William L. Crawford IAFA Fantasy Award.

Alongside his wife, author Joy Nicholson, Steven is the Co-founder of Rancho de Chihuahua, a dog sanctuary in the mountains of Northern New Mexico. He has a BA from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and an MA from Johns Hopkins University.

Never known for slowing down, in 2015, Steven is releasing two new books. In February, BOLD, the follow-up to Abundance, will hit stands. In May, it's Tomorrowland, a book about the transformation of science fiction into science fact. Stay tuned.

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