Reframing what is possible: Parkour

Yesterday's post was on the digital world removing the barriers on what is possible. The thing is, the shift is more about mental models over advances in technology.

Consider Roger Bannister and the "4 minute mile"... The most significant impact of Bannister's achievement is what immediately happened to the world of running. 37 runners broke the 4 minute barrier during the next year. The barrier--thought to be physical--actually turned out to be mental.

A great illustration of this exploration of what is possible by changing mental models is Parkour. It isn't a sport or a martial art exactly. Wikipedia says it is an activity with the aim of moving from one point to another as efficiently and quickly as possible, using principally the abilities of the human body. But still, parkour isn't something you can easily describe. You really have to see it. Fortunately, we have YouTube.

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