West of Jesus: Surfing, Science, and the Origins of Belief

West of Jesus: Surfing, Science, and the Origins of Belief

Steven Kotler

A religious and medical surf quest, West of Jesus tracks a latest browsing fable and appears on the neuroscience that connects spirituality and excessive threat activity.

After spending years in mattress with Lyme illness, Steven Kotler had misplaced every little thing: his well-being, his activity, his lady, and, he was once starting to suspect, his brain. Kotler, no longer a non secular guy, without warning came upon himself interested in the game of browsing as though it have been the cornerstone of a brand new religion. Why, he puzzled, while there has been not anything left to think in, might he start to think in whatever as not going as browsing. What was once trust besides? How did it paintings within the physique, the mind, our tradition, and human history?

Into this combination got here an odd tale. In 2003, on a surf journey via Mexico, Kotler heard of "the conductor," a legendary surfer who may perhaps keep watch over the elements. He'd heard this comparable story 8 years previous, in Indonesia, yet this time anything clicked. With the aid of everybody from insurgent surfers to rocket scientists, Kotler undertakes a 3 yr globetrotting quest for the origins of this legend. the consequences are a startling mixture of vast waves and larger rules: a surfer's trip into the organic underpinnings of trust itself.

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