On this episode of Remarkably Human Radio, I take you high into the Himalayas as I recount my journey to Mount Everest Base Camp just prior to the devastating earthquakes that struck Nepal. From the nitty-gritty details of what it takes to make such a trek happen – including how to prepare physically, what to expect for food, shelter and sanitation and the challenges of hiking at high altitude – to my deeply personal reflections, including how the trek challenged my willpower, emotional fortitude, and what it’s like to trek with plantar fasciitis and illness (and learn how and why I temporarily went deaf!) “The most extreme experience don’t happen on the outside. They happen on the inside.” Throughout the episode we discuss the tragic earthquakes and how you can help by supporting the Remarkably Human Nepal Earthquake Relief Fund that I set up with GlobalGiving. (read or listen to my personal letter that followed the first quake). Plus, toward the end of the episode I extend a unique invitation to listeners. If you’re looking for a life changing experience, this could be it! ALSO IN THIS EPISODE What Mount Everest represents Why going to Mt. Everest seemed impossible, and how I made it reality. How one simple […]
From artists and scientists to athletes, astronauts and intrepid explorers, each week host Roderick Russell sits down with someone exceptional to chat about what it’s like to explore the fringe of human experience. Hack your biology. Tweak your psychology. Redefine your limits and enrich your experience.
A mere few weeks ago, I returned from an extraordinary adventure deep into the Khumbu region of Nepal. My trip took me from Kathmandu all the way to Mt. Everest and back… Nepal changed me in direct proportion to the size of its glorious mountains, the largest in the world. This past Saturday, Nepal itself changed as it suffered the most devastating earthquake to hit the region in over 80 years. This is an audio essay in support of Nepal Earthquake Relief Efforts. About the “Remarkably Human Radio” Podcast
On today’s episode, we talk float tanks with veteran flotation expert and researcher Richard Bonk. Sometimes called sensory deprivation, isolation, flotation or REST (restricted environmental stimulation therapy) tanks, we chat about their beginnings in 1950s neuropsychiatry research and their resurgence today as a therapeutic tool for modern man. The thought of paying for the privilege to step into a small, enclosed box filled with water and spending ninety minutes alone in the dark with nothing but your thoughts to keep you company, seems terrifying to some. But those that try it rapidly discover, contrary to how it may appear at first blush, that it is one of the most relaxing, rejuvinating and transcendent experiences they’ve ever taken part in. More than a novelty new age fad, there’s solid science showing that float tanks can massively alter your stress response, alleviate chronic pain, lift depression, enhance athletic performance and even allow to you achieve the same results as decades of regular meditation – in hardly any time at all. For those interested in delving deeper, there’s an unprecedented opportunity to explore the frontier of your own consciousness. Release your expectations, relax and step into the box that will change your life – the float tank – […]
If there were a pill that could increase your focus, improve your memory, alleviate your anxiety and protect your brain from age-related decline, would you take it? On this episode of Remarkably Human Radio, we talk about smart drugs – also known as nootropics or cognitive enhancers – with the host of the leading podcast on the topic, Jesse Lawler of Smart Drug Smarts. WE CHAT ABOUT What smart drugs are, and what they are not. How smart drugs differ from simple “healthy lifestyle.” The “Hierarchy of Cognitive Enhancers.” How smart drugs often start their lives as something else in the pharmaceutical world. Why modern medicine is not interested in “enhancement” but only “repair.” Why it’s really hard to do caffeine studies. Why taking smart drugs is a proactive and smart choice, and not “cheating.” The granddaddy of all smart drugs – piracetam – and the entire class of “racetams.” What is the “cognitive ceiling?” Anecdotal stories from Roderick and Jesse’s own smart supplementation experience. User reports of modafinil and armodafinil use. The difference between “smart drugs” and “nootropics.” Why the best smart drugs have no “psychotropic” component. The chemical that Roderick likes best. The benefits of combining l-theanine and […]
Today’s show is an incredible one! We had a few Skype issues so I spent some extra time cleaning up the audio for you, but secretly I was using it as an opportunity to listen to my guest, Dr. Stan Beecham, over and over again. Dr. Beecham is a very successful sports psychologist who’s been in the industry virtually from the birth of the field. He’s also the author of a recent book called Elite Minds and has a lot to teach anyone – whether you like sports or not. If you’re interested in performing your best in any field, be it business, sports, or life in general, this conversation is for you. IN THIS EPISODE WE CHAT ABOUT: How belief – more than training and talent combined – is responsible for your performance in every aspect of life. Abandoning your ego to improve performance. Expectation vs. Hope. There’s a HUGE difference between expecting to win and wanting to win. How perfection and mistakes go hand-in-hand. Why professionals never have two “bad shots” and why you need to adopt this thinking too. My own recent “bad experience” on stage and my difficulty recovering from it. Why accidents don’t “just happen” and why some of us […]