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The Wedge

Evolution, Consciousness, Stress, and the Key to Human Resilience
Written by: Scott Carney
Narrated by: Scott Carney
Length: 10 hrs and 1 min
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From the New York Times best-selling author of What Doesn't Kill Us

"Crazy good writing." (Wim Hof, "The Iceman", Dutch extreme athlete)

Thrive or die: That's the rule of evolution. Despite this brutal logic, some species have learned to survive in even the most hostile conditions. Others couldn't - and perished. While incremental genetic adaptations hone the physiology of nearly every creature on this planet, there's another evolutionary force that is just as important: the power of choice. In this explosive investigation into the limits of endurance, journalist Scott Carney discovers how humans can wedge control over automatic physiological responses into the breaking point between stress and biology. We can reclaim our evolutionary destiny.

In his New York Times best seller, What Doesn't Kill Us, Carney submerged himself in ice water and learned breathing techniques from daredevil fitness guru Wim Hof. It gave him superhuman levels of endurance and quieted a persistent autoimmune illness. At the core of those methods is a technique called The Wedge that can give a person an edge in just about any situation.

In this thrilling exploration of the limits and potential of the human body, Carney searches the globe for people who understand the subtle language of how the body responds to its environment. He confronts fear at a cutting-edge neuroscience laboratory at Stanford, and learns about flow states by tossing heavy weights with partners. He meets masters of mental misdirection in the heat of a Latvian sauna, experiments with breathing routines that bring him to the cusp of transcendence, searches his mind in sensory deprivation tanks, and ultimately ends up in the Amazon jungle with a shaman who promises either madness or universal truth. All of this in service of trying to understand what we're really capable of. What can we accomplish when we there are no true human limits?

©2020 Scott Carney (P)2020 Audible, Inc.

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  • L. Learish
  • 2020-04-24

A wedge of cheese and a tossed salad

Maybe I should have read his first book prior to this one. The first half has some interesting perspectives about the benefits of experiencing physiological extremes, and how most 1st world people don't know the many super powers we have inherited thru evolution. But the book drifts off into holistic medicine and hallucinogens, and the author's thesis got more scientifically diffuse as he wedged more anecdotes into this salad.

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  • Jimmy Naraine
  • 2020-04-22

EXCELLENT book - was sad to finish it

Once again Scott did it! After reading his previous book "What doesn't kill us" I knew that I was in for a treat. What I like the most about The Wedge is that Scott blends his own experiences, captivating storytelling, real life case studies and scientific research into a cocktail of compelling content. He literally takes you on a journey around the world to show you what your body and mind are truly capable of.

Highly recommended.

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  • Graciela Gonzalez
  • 2020-05-09

Epic!!

Love this guy work.
Big fan!!
I related to so many things since I’ve started the whim Hoff method too.

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  • Marcelino
  • 2020-04-17

Practical and scientific investigative journalism

If you want to spend your time wisely, get this audiobook. You will get a concise, fun, and even addictive glance at the world of human possibilities, which are ever expanding. Like other works from Scott, The Wedge takes you deep into scientific data, in an engaging way, while adding his adventure seeking personality to test and experience the subject he investigates, and giving you a chance to try out new experiences in your own life. Great author and book!

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  • Allez SG
  • 2020-04-15

Binged it!

I love this author and each book gets better and better. Highly recommend, especially during this uncertain times of distance.

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  • scott misch
  • 2020-07-12

pointless

this guy loves to talk about himself, I gave up with a couple hours left.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2020-05-21

Great book, very well written and spoken

loved the book and all the secret ways to tap into our own power. great listen

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2020-05-20

Trump 2020

this book changed my life. hislast book did as well. sadly most people are too lazy to attempt the same journey

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  • Just a man
  • 2020-05-06

Overall it was a good story

Overall a good story, however nothing in this book is really ground breaking. If your completely new to increasing human performance, dig in. If not, this book might be an overview into what you have already discovered.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2020-05-03

Great follow up.

Great read and follow up to his previous book. Amazing how Scott makes this material so interesting.

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