Michael Easter is steeped in the science behind and more importantly the action and the experience of doing hard sh!t. Getting harder to kill is about tempering our genetic proclivity for comfort…modern comfort that is available in such excess that it’s destroying creativity, mental health, and even our longevity. Instead, pushing and expanding the boundaries of our comfort zones is also inherently human and incredibly rewarding. Michael shares clips of an epic backcountry adventure in Alaska where he did some of the hardest things yet and also how the experience shows up back in everyday life.

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  • Physical & mental health crisis of comfort
  • Gap between warrior class & citizens
  • Super-obesity and impact to lifespan
  • Hawthorne effect and weight loss
  • 50/50 success…don’t die
  • Elements of rights of passage 
  • Importance of boredom
  • 20-5-3 rule of time in nature
  • Fasting and hungry days weekly/monthly
  • Reset the boundary of comfort
  • Impermanence, death, & happiness
  • Icelandic harder-to-kill gene
  • Freedivers operating at hypothermic temp
  • Teepee and gear used in Alaska


Michael Easter is a leading voice on how humans can integrate modern science and evolutionary wisdom for improved health, meaning, and performance in life and at work. He travels the globe to embed himself with brilliant but often overlooked scientists, thinkers, and people living at the extremes and shares the best of his findings and experiences in books, articles, and other media.

Michael’s investigations have taken him into ancient monasteries in Bhutan, US Special Forces training grounds, high-tech genetic labs in Iceland, Fortune-500 boardrooms, the world’s most remote wilderness areas, and more.

When he’s not on the ground reporting, Michael is a professor at UNLV. He co-founded and co-directs of the Public Communications Institute, a think tank at the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV). It conducts science communications research and helps public and private organizations adapt complex messaging to mass audiences.



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