Scott Carney is a investigative journalist and anthropologist. Carney has worked in some of the most dangerous and unlikely corners of the world. His work blends narrative non-fiction with ethnography. Currently, he is a senior fellow at the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism. My guest on today's show, an immersive journalist and self-experimenter named , first joined me for the fantastic episode entitled           Today, Scott - a New York Times Bestselling author - is back to discuss his brand new book, which I found to be a thrilling and inspirational read: "."           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 an explosive investigation into the limits of endurance, in "The Wedge", Scott discovers how humans can wedge control over automatic physiological responses into the breaking point between stress and biology. We can reclaim our evolutionary destiny.         While writing the book, 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 my conversation w/ Scott, you'll discover:         -What is "The Wedge" described in Scott's book?...18:00         -The concept of "neural symbology"...18:23         -How kettlebells build trust and allow the body to relax in the face of stress...24:10         -Scott's findings on carbon dioxide (CO2)...37:09         -How Scott and his wife condensed 6 months of couples therapy in 3 hours...58:00         Episode sponsors: Kion Lean, Butcher Box, Magnesium Breakthrough by BiOptimizers, Vuori Clothing 
If you’ve ever wanted to hack your nervous system, and your immune system, then do we have the Wedge show for you. Today I’ll be talking with Scott Carney, New York Times best-selling author, award-winning investigative journalist, and anthropologist, and the author of a brilliant new must-read, “The Wedge” And that’s just what I want to talk with him about today, about evolution, consciousness, stress, and resilience, especially in this Coronavirus time.  Key Points Discussed: What was your life-changing experience on Kilimanjaro with Wim Hof aka the Iceman (03:11) How Wim Hof unlocks something that we all have in us and how we can do it too (06:13) Do you think what is going on with COVID-19 is us being out of balance with the natural world (10:12) Pushing ourselves towards our limits so we can expand (12:21) The fascinating story of Mr. A and the evil twin of the placebo effect (15:25) The side benefit of getting healed from an autoimmune challenge by the Wim Hof method (20:22) Having a physical output for a physical challenge and giving the wolves two toys (23:56) The role of dopamine in keeping the immune cells strong and how it can be used to the same effect for the mind (33:56) Coming alive through sensation: Boosting our immune system by doing things that make us feel good (38:11) The power of getting comfortable by getting uncomfortable (51:39) His psychedelic journey by doing Ayahuasca down in Peru with a Shaman (56:06) A new perspective on temporarity, continuance, and what life is worth (1:10:12) The beneficial impact that COVID-19 will have on the society (1:12:12) Additional Resources: The Wedge By Scott Carney ……. For free meditations, weekly tips, stories, and similar shows visit: To support the show and get even more great tools, tips, and behind-the-scenes access, visit: And to follow Inspire Nation (and the lives of Michael and Jessica) on Instagram, go to And to follow Inspire Nation on Tik Tok simply go to InspireNationShow on Tik Tok
Wouldn’t it be great if there was a technique that would allow us to vanquish fear and beat back stress? There just might be. In his latest book, The Wedge, bestselling author Scott Carney explains that when humans face challenging situations, our automatic responses tend to make us feel terrible. But the good news is that there are a number of simple methods we can learn to take control of our reactions to stimulus—whether it’s a circling shark or a scary news headline. Over the past few years, Carney traveled all over the planet, seeking out people who understand what he calls the wedge—a technique that enables us to adapt our bodies and our minds to be more resilient in the face of just about anything. In this episode, Outside editor Chrisopher Keyes asks Carney: What exactly is the wedge? And how can we learn it right now? This episode of the Outside Podcast is brought to you by Visit Florida, one of the country’s great adventure destinations. Have you met a manatee? Airboated in the Everglades? Snorkeled the coral reef? Plan your next Florida adventure at
Psychiatrist Viktor Frankl said that "between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response." Frankl was talking about our ability to choose our mental responses to what we encounter in life. What if we could also choose how our physiology responds to our environment so that we can perform and thrive on a higher level? My guest today explores that question in his latest book. His name is Scott Carney and he's the author of The Wedge: Evolution, Consciousness, Stress, and the Key to Human Resilience. We begin our conversation discussing how Scott's investigation into the breathing methods of Wim Hof, an extreme athlete, turned him from a skeptic into an intrigued believer who wanted to learn more about our ability to exercise control over our physiology. Scott then explains his idea of "the Wedge" as the ability to consciously put a gap between an external stimulus and the otherwise automatic physiological responses it elicits. Scott and I then discuss his trip around the world to talk to people who have found ways to create wedges in their lives in order to elevate their physical and mental states. We discuss how throwing kettlebells around can be used to overcome fear and experience flow, how lying in a float tank may recalibrate PTSD, how building up tolerance to CO2 can increase your physical performance, how saunas can boost resilience, and why the power of the placebo effect is greatly underrated.  Get the show notes at for privacy information.
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