25 Sep '13, 2pm

RunBlogRun INTERVIEWS: David Epstein, author of The Sports Gene, Inside the Science of Extraordinary Atheltic

RunBlogRun INTERVIEWS: David Epstein, author of The Sports Gene, Inside the Science of Extraordinary Atheltic

The philosopher Bernard Suits defined sports and games as "the voluntary acceptance of unnecessary obstacles." I like that, and I think intentionally circumventing the unnecessary obstacles that you voluntarily accepted undermines some of the journey of self exploration that I love about sports. That said, I do think there are substances that are banned that shouldn't be banned, but I still think the rules should be followed. Cork for a baseball bat doesn't even work, but it's banned, and the rule should be followed. I can think of nothing in the world so dependent upon agreed upon rules for its core values as sports. The whole endeavor is a contrivance that we imbue with meaning. As to whether we can clean up the sport, well, not entirely. It's like asking if we can get rid of all crime. Nope, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't try. The incentives to cheat are huge, the ...

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