Are athletes really getting faster, better, stronger? | David Epstein
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TED: Are athletes really getting faster, better, stronger? | David Epstein


Published on: Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Are athletes really getting faster, better, stronger? | David Epstein

When you look at sporting achievements over the last decades, it seems like humans have gotten faster, better and stronger in nearly every way. Yet as David Epstein points out in this delightfully counter-intuitive talk, we might want to lay off the self-congratulation. Many factors are at play in shattering athletic records, and the development of our natural talents is just one of them.

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  • catheadmoon


     1 hours ago


  • greg scott

    greg scott

     1 days ago

    Funny subject for a race of people who are the worst at sports, and his name change it before the pitchforks come out.

  • MrCODEMaster00


     4 days ago

    Shame that he died.

  • Focus Media

    Focus Media

     4 days ago

    One small factor he forgot to include is "money"
    Athletes have become an [income generation stream] for corporations. Lucrative sponsorship deals made between athletes and a brand, is another factor or subconscious pressure for athletes across all sports, in breaking records!

  • Rose可Black有


     5 days ago

    The average Cavemen over thousand of years ago was better in sports than the average speciliast sportsman today

  • Cobb Coding

    Cobb Coding

     5 days ago

    anyone else only here for the Jeffery Epstein comments?

  • H u g o H e p w o r t h

    H u g o H e p w o r t h

     6 days ago

    Wasn't this guy mur- I mean killed himself? oh wrong one

  • Treehootz


     6 days ago +1

    i heard they makin' dem..

  • Alan Samuel

    Alan Samuel

     1 weeks ago

    The video finishes and then I realize that 14 minutes got over!

  • FlairLaMare •

    FlairLaMare •

     2 weeks ago

    I hate when un athletic people talk about sports and athletics improvement



     2 weeks ago


  • Mathieu L.

    Mathieu L.

     2 weeks ago

    Astonishing, and very instructive ! ^^

  • Sebastian Lundberg

    Sebastian Lundberg

     2 weeks ago

    Do he talks records relative or random years??

  • Hidden Forces

    Hidden Forces

     2 weeks ago

    In-Depth Interview with David Epstein on The Hidden Forces Podcast:

  • rioleee


     2 weeks ago

    David has nerd neck

  • David Blackman

    David Blackman

     3 weeks ago

    wonderful talk. but those jeans....david needs a stylist

  • james88


     4 weeks ago

    Time to change your name buddy



     4 weeks ago

    So basically even humans themselves don't improve, technology will always help, one way or another.

  • Evan Hodge

    Evan Hodge

     1 months ago

    The first 5000 kms are on you, sir.. good luck. Oh, the course is through a radioactive landscape.

  • Elyjah Boria

    Elyjah Boria

     1 months ago +1

    As a human race, we don’t improve how good of a job we do, we just make the job easier