What Doesn't Kill Us

  • by Scott Carney
  • Narrated by Scott Carney
  • 9 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

What Doesn't Kill Us, a New York Times best seller, traces our evolutionary journey back to a time when survival depended on how well we adapted to the environment around us.
Our ancestors crossed deserts, mountains, and oceans without even a whisper of what anyone today might consider modern technology. Those feats of endurance now seem impossible in an age where we take comfort for granted. But what if we could regain some of our lost evolutionary strength by simulating the environmental conditions of our forbears?
Investigative journalist and anthropologist Scott Carney takes up the challenge to find out: Can we hack our bodies and use the environment to stimulate our inner biology? Helping him in his search for the answers is Dutch fitness guru Wim Hof, whose ability to control his body temperature in extreme cold has sparked a whirlwind of scientific study. Carney also enlists input from an army scientist, a world-famous surfer, the founders of an obstacle course race movement, and ordinary people who have documented how they have cured autoimmune diseases, lost weight, and reversed diabetes. In the process he chronicles his own transformational journey as he pushes his body and mind to the edge of endurance, a quest that culminates in a record-bending 28-hour climb to the snowy peak of Mt. Kilimanjaro wearing nothing but a pair of running shorts and sneakers.
An ambitious blend of investigative reporting and participatory journalism, What Doesn't Kill Us explores the true connection between the mind and the body and reveals the science that allows us to push past our perceived limitations.

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10% interesting 90% padding

didn't really glean anything from this. the VICE video on Wim Hof online gives you everything you need to know. this book is filled with unnecessary filler to bulk it out into a book.
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- Blake Penson

Though provoking and inspiring, yet realistic

What did you like most about What Doesn't Kill Us?

As most people who hear about Wim Hoff and all his accolades and achievements, I was very skeptical of the method and not just of everything that he claimed it was or could be, but also the fact that he claimed he could teach anyone and everyone his techniques. Scott did an amazing job of balancing out the skepticism of his own perspective with the absolutely awe-inspiring feats of the Ice Man. He added the humanizing elements necessary for me as a reader to not simply write the narrative off as a marketing scheme to an expensive and exclusive 'health fad' costing thousands of dollars without methods that could be founded in science and research. It goes without saying then, that Wim Hoff is a mad man just as much as he is a guru in unlocking ancient evolutionary and biological traits we've had for millennia. It's mind blowing to hear of the human body's capabilities, terrifying to hear how disabling it is to engineer our comfort environments and refreshing to hear it coming from a skeptic who's personally experienced the method for himself.


Who was your favorite character and why?

If was fascinating learning not only about Wim, but about the variety of other figures in his story who have been suffering an array of ailments along the way, and attribute their well-being and cure either wholly or partially to Wim and his bio-hacking method connecting the central nervous system to the immune system.


What does Scott Carney bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Scoot Carney adds his own personal experience not only through tone, but through the realistic skepticism as well. Refreshingly so.


If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

The title of the book of course. "What Doesn't Kill Us"


Any additional comments?

Recommend to anyone who's evenly remotely curious about how the environment plays a massively significant role in the manner in which we develop and how we go about defeating things that would have ended us otherwise.

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- Drew R.

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-01-2017
  • Publisher: Foxtopus, Inc