Our brains evolved to have an extraordinary capacity to pull off complex physical feats, while at the same time engaging in intricate cognitive ones. Doug MacLaren explores, through his experience in extreme sports, the unexpected results of tapping into this primal processing power.
After graduating from Harvard University in Economics, Doug worked briefly in Investment Banking in Hong Kong before moving to Los Angeles to work in the entertainment business. He is currently a Partner and Head of the Motion Picture Literary department at International Creative Management, whose offices operate in London, New York and Los Angeles, representing talent in film, television, theatre, books and music. He was asked to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences in 2004 and has served on committees for the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles.
Although he was once an avid rower and someone who still competes doggedly in triathlons, over the years, Doug has pursued a passion in more extreme sports – rock climbing, ice-climbing, whitewater kayaking and mountaineering. In 2001 after an expedition fraught by horrible weather and terrible tragedy, he summited Mount Everest in Nepal, the descent proving to be the most hazardous journey of all.
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