Book: Stealing Fire

Review by “Andy Em”

Title: Stealing Fire
Author(s): by Jamie Wheal & Steven Kotler
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers

I’ve been a fan of the authors of “Stealing Fire” since I first came across their “Flow Genome” program about 3 years ago. I’ve always appreciated their enthusiasm and persistence for their mission of activating “The Flow State” on an ongoing and repeatable basis rather than simply catching lightning in a bottle. Stealing Fire represents their latest collaboration on the often referred to but seldom mastered subject matter. It is an easy and engaging read that encompasses the experiences of a variety of individuals (and groups) seeking to enter flow states in their particular professional and personal pursuits. From extreme athletes in their field of play all the way to Navy Seals in life and death scenarios such as tracking and  capturing an Afghani warlord. It’s a riveting read that will give you deep insights and real tools to make the flow state manifest in your life.

“Andy Em” Bio: Andrew Martinov first got into biohacking almost 30 years ago when biohacking wasn’t even a word! Since those early days “Andy Em” has devoured almost 100 books on the subject not to mention the countless blog posts and bulletin boards he regularly studies and contributes to. We call him “Andy Em” after the main touchstone character in Frank L. Baum’s “The Wizard of Oz” because that’s what he is to our community. He is so well read that hardly a title is mentioned in our Meetups that Andy isn’t able to quote or refer to in some contextual manner. “Andy Em” is the chief book reviewer for The Hackstronauts.

We’re Growing The Video Chat…

This Weekly Meetup for the Hackstronauts (4/6/20 at 7pm) we will be experimenting with Skype Video Conference for it’s expanded capabilities and ease of use. To make this trial transition we will begin the chat on Discord and after we’ve gathered attendees there we will forward an link invitation for everyone to join us in a Skype Video Chat.

Meetup on Discord then onto Skype…

From Meetup Post: Hey, fellow biohackers. We’ve moved our weekly Meetup online for “The Duration”. This is your invitation to join us on our Discord Video Chat which we hope to make a weekly event. After a successful trial run last week we are upping our capacity with Skype so we can continue to build our community while maintaining ample “social distance” through this ever advancing technology. Even though we’re likely moving to Skype for video chat we can still text, link articles and images of interest through our live Discord channels so, same capabilities with higher attendance is now possible. We’re going to start on Discord to maintain the security and integrity of our community and then test and manage the migration to Skype. The instructions are below and know that we are striving to make joining these conversations as simple and safe as possible.

Step 1: Join our Discord server here:
Step 2: Put on headphones to avoid feedback loops.
Step 3: Scroll down to the “video-chat-invite” channel on the left side of the Discord window.
Step 4: Write “Invite me” in the message window
Step 5: You will receive a group invitation. Click to join the Discord Video Chat.
Step 6: Open a Free Skype account and download the app if available for your platform.
Step 7: Once we have some people on the Discord Chat we will transfer to Skype Video Chat by sending attendees a new link. Fingers crossed, this is an experiment to increase the capacity of attendees on the call.

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Notice: All NYC Biohacker, in-person Meetups are on hiatus for the time being until the Official State & Federal agencies indicate that we can meet in numbers while keeping everyone safe as possible. For more information about our weekly Meetups see “Meet The Hackstronauts”

Join Us at Our Next Live Event! Upgrading Your Brain: The Neuroscience of Ketamine

Wednesday 11 at 7pm at the VillageOne Studio – 594 Broadway, 7th Floor

The Hackstronauts would like to welcome Dylan Beynon for an exciting presentation on the neuroscience of ketamine and its therapeutic applications. Dylan is the Founder & CEO of Mindbloom (, an NYC-based mental health and wellbeing startup helping people expand their human potential with clinician-prescribed, guided psychedelic medicine experiences. There, he is partnering with clinicians, technologists, researchers, and patients to increase access to science-backed treatments, starting by lowering the cost of ketamine therapy for depression and anxiety by over 70%.

Dylan is a 10-year psychedelic medicine patient and 3-time tech entrepreneur with both $100M+ in funding and an exit in his prior startups, which were focused on increasing access to justice and democracy. Dylan graduated from The Wharton School at The University of Pennsylvania.

7:00 – 7:10 Introduction
7:10 – 7:40 Dylan’s Presentation
7:40 – 8:00 Q&A

Live Event – Hacking Your Bad Decisions: Capping the Downside of Unhealthy Food & Drink

Join Us for This Special Event

Make Sure to Register* for this Meetup at:

As Biohackers, we understand the real health benefits of happiness and social connection. We often find ourselves torn between fully participating in the festivities and keeping to what we know is a healthy lifestyle. But what if there were a way to eat those bread rolls, drink the sangria, and still wake up the next day feeling like a champ?

The last half-century of research has turned up a myriad of ways through which we can mitigate the impact of alcohol on our system, as well as dampen our body’s negative response to sugars, grains, and even oxidized fats. Join us as we explore the biology of how these foods affect our systems, and learn a myriad of easy hacks to bolster your body’s ability to handle them.

Please join the Hackstronauts in welcoming Avisha NessAiver, CTO and Co-founder of Birya Biotech. Avisha is an electrical engineer, programmer, serial entrepreneur, personal health consultant, and ruthless self-optimizer. He has spent the last decade applying a scientific mindset towards learning and evaluating methods for enhancing physical and mental performance. He lives by the credo of “Efficiency in all things.”

7:00 – 7:10 Introduction
7:10 – 8:00 Avisha’s Presentation
8:00 – 8:30 Q&A

Live Event Full: Wearable Tech & The Quantified Self

There will be another chance to attend this event next year

Due to the overwhelming response this presentation of “Wearable Tech & The Quantified Self” is at capacity. We are now in the planning stages to update and expand this presentation for future events so, sign into and watch for all kinds of brain hacking magic at:

Wearable Tech & The Quantified Self

What: A presentation by Greg Ulan founder of our Meetup community
Greg will be talking about his favorite bio-hacking wearable tech and what it has done for his goal of maximizing his performance and health.
When: Friday, December 13, 2019, 7pm
Where: Carpe VM – 290 5th Avenue, 5th Fl. Studio

For more info on this and other events visit us online at: HACKSTRONAUT.COM

Seating Is Limited
We are proud to have reached the seating capacity for registered attendees and we are sorry to say that people that haven’t registered for this event will not be admitted to to stay within safe numbers.

Brandpunt+ Covers Biohackers Movement in a Piece featuring The Hackstronauts

See the Brandpunt+ piece here:

With the exception of the thrilling segment on The Hackstronauts (starting at the 6 minute mark} this video might be hard to parse. We had a great conversation with the host Tom and the highlights are in the piece. That being said, we hope you’ve brushed up on your Dutch because this piece produced by Steven Schoppert for Brandpunt+ in Holland is narrated by its Dutch speaking host (Tom Kleijn) and features many Dutch speaking interviews. We are looking into subtitling but that might present challenges as we won’t be able to stream the video to our site directly. In the meanwhile enjoy. Here’s the link again:

Hackstronauts Are Going International on 11/19/18

This Monday we officially send our digital tentacles across the ocean and share our unique, if strange way of life with the forward thinking nation of Holland and by extension much of the rest of the planet. Brandpunt+(The Dutch version of our 60 Minutes) will be bringing their camera(s) and innovative program to our humble little group of incorrigible geniuses. Because of this unusual opportunity to share our mission with our new Dutch friends we have planned to demo an invention that hacks our 6th & 7th senses as human beings (“Equilibrioception”: balance, gravity & “Proprioception”: body awareness). The inventor, (Craig Weltha) calls it The Weltha B.A.R.Ph. (Bio-Applied Rotational Physics) Board. Craig will be joining us to demo this insanely challenging and engaging device and if you want a preview on how it works and the bio-hacks behind its benefits check out his FB page here: Spinning Man USA – aka Craig Weltha.
We will meet at the usual place: Idea Coffee at the corner of 5th Avenue and 28th Street (246 5th Ave) and then head to the Carpe VM studio to demo these really intriguing bio-hacking devices including The Weltha Board, the “HeartMath Inner Balance” smart biofeedback sensor and more.
Please RSVP through this MeetUp as we need to know how many will be attending and who to contact if the plan should change. We look forward to having you join the conversation and share it with our growing community.
See stills from the event and watch the link to Brandpunt+.