Unfolding Maps


#5: The Power of the Cold – with “Iceman” Wim Hof

A fascinating journey into the power that the cold, deep breathing and commitment can unleash together: Wim Hof is known as the “Iceman”, the reason being that he is able to endure the cold to an extend that was believed to be physically impossible before.


Wim Hof has climbed Mount Everest to an altitude of 7.200 meters, dressed in nothing but shoes and shorts. He ran across the Namibian desert without water. And he has set up 26 official Guinness World Records, for example for

  • the farthest swim under ice, with a single breath
  • the farthest half marathon barefoot on ice and snow
  • the longest time in direct, full-body contact with ice, spending 1 hour and 53 minutes in ice water – while feeling good about it!


He has combined breathing exercises, mediation and ice baths into what he calls the Wim Hof Method, which he teaches all over the world. 


In this episode of Unfolding Maps, Wim talks about how he has discovered the power of the cold and why he believes, his method can help with things from strengthening physical health to fighting depression.

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#31: A World in Crisis (and what to do about it) – with Jared Diamond

What can we learn from the tribes in the rainforest of New Guinea? What are the greatest dangers facing humanity and the earth today, and how can they be overcome? These are some of the many questions we address in this conversation with a leading scientist that has been voted one of the world's top ten intellectuals by various British and American magazines and who researches and writes on just about everything that makes up human existence – think "universal genius": Jared Diamond.He studied physiology at Harvard and Cambridge and became a leading expert on the gallbladder. He is also an ornithologist, anthropologist, sociologist, evolutionary biologist, ecologist, and environmental historian with expertise in archaeology, genetics, and human disease epidemiology. He is also a professor of geography in Los Angeles.And then he is also one of the most successful authors of popular science nonfiction. His works have been translated into some forty languages, and for the world bestseller "Guns, Germs, and Steel. The Fates of Human Societies" he was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1998. His other books include "Collapse. How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed", "The World until Yesterday" and his most recent work "Upheaval – How Nations Cope with Crisis and Change".For all that, Jared Diamond is not only a master of lab work and literature research, but he is and has been on the road himself all over the world (over thirty times in New Guinea alone), he is fluent in over a dozen languages ... So: more than enough material for a wide-ranging conversation about a unique scientific career – and about the world we live in.