Another brilliant piece from Jad and Richard at RadioLab.
How far can a person push himself? How much information can the human brain hold and retrieve? The answer is: a lot further and a lot more than you probably think.
Lots of amazing ideas in this story, but the one big idea that I thought was most powerful was: our muscles have very little to do with our endurance. It mostly comes from self-imposed limits, ideas of what it means to be tired or spent. Free the mind, and the body will follow.
Companion piece: one of my favorite articles from the now defunct New York Times Play Magazine.
That Which Does Not Kill Me Makes Me Stranger
by Daniel Coyle