He could still compete.
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He could still win. He was not done. That was in September. And so he arrived here supremely confident in his chances. Though he can no longer overpower his opponents like he did in , he can outthink them. He managed and fulfilled his game plan better than anybody else. He took advantage of opportunities provided by good shots, and he avoided disaster on holes that offered no upside. There were no double-bogeys, no crippling shots like the ones hit by his competitors on Sunday. Francesco Molinari was in control until he found the water at the par-3 12th; Tiger, meanwhile, took the Nicklaus approach of aiming above the bunker, making sure he stayed dry.
The door was now wide-open. In prior major wins, Tiger would intimidate his opponents as the leader. Now he leaned on the advantage of attrition. There was a five-way tie for the lead as Tiger stood on the 15th fairway. Beads of sweat dotted his face, but the demeanor was cool. A birdie at the par-5 15th gave him the outright lead, as Molinari — so stoic, so solid, so unflinching for the first 65 holes of this tournament — found more water. In other words, he was two up with two to play. Was he really going to do this?
This was Nicklaus in all over again. Yes, sir. And now the chase resumes. What once seemed obtainable, then seemed forgettable, now seems reachable. The youngsters who took up golf because of Tiger are now his top competitors.
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They are not easily intimidated. They will not go away quietly. They want the challenge of preventing him from rewriting history. But for one glorious week at Augusta National, on a day that ended hours earlier than the usual Sunday but rewarded us with the re-emergence of an icon, nobody could stop the man in the red mock turtleneck. Afterwards, he hugged his kids, Sam and Charlie, emotional embraces reminiscent of 's win when Tiger hugged his father Earl, then struggling with heart complications. Earl gave Tiger a putting lesson that Wednesday.
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To take all of this energy and these new settings and apply them to either beating the tar out of a saber tooth tiger or running as fast as you can so it does not eat you. Julie Douglas: Yeah and it's one the reasons why humans have been so successful as a species because this allows us to have - to make rapid fire decisions and act on them and a lot of times, particularly when we use that example from the past, saber tooth tiger, it can have lifesaving outcomes. The problem with modern humans, I suppose you could say is that stress can be bad when you have insidious level of it.
And when I say insidious levels, I mean that our body doesn't distinguish between a real saber tooth tiger and - well, to some degree and a paper tiger, right? Because distress response is the same no matter what. So if I have a deadline approaching or - this is a classic one, you think that you have sent an email to just one person and you have this paranoid feeling like, "Oh my god, I just sent that out to the entire company" and your palms begin to sweat and your heart begins to beat fast, that's - that is a reaction that is over exaggerated for the actual instance.
But it still feels like a threat and this can be really dangerous to - long term to have this constant sort of low level stress about you. As we had discussed in our episode about epigenome, these are the kinds of things, stress, that can flip those switches that control diseases or disorders.
And it has a big effect on your cardiac health because you've got inflammation in the arteries. You've got all sorts of things going on that stress can do to your body. And I think this is kind of fascinating, too that increased cortisol levels, which come from the stress response, can actually begin to affect insulin production and that insulin can then make that decision about whether or not to burn off fat or to store it.
So if you are at a constant low level of stress, it's a lot harder to lose weight because it's keeping all those fat stores in your body. Robert Lamb: Yeah, I mean it ultimately again comes down to this idea that all this stress builds up and then we're supposed to release that stress in the form of a fight or a flight. Robert Lamb: But we don't.
It's kind of like if you imagine a situation where they - the tiger - the saber tooth tiger almost attacks a bunch of times. Like it's just kind of stalking, toying with the prey. Robert Lamb: You know it's just going to wear you down. Like when is it going to attack?
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When is it going to actually - when the - when is this actually going to go down? And the stress keeps building and building and building. But then what if the tiger never attacks? Because I can't help but think back to our previous use of the saber tooth tiger example when we were talking about humor. The idea that laughter emerges when something that was perceived as a threat is suddenly realized to not be a threat.
And then what happens? We laugh. And it's - this is also - this interesting, too because then what is laughter but this full body experience. You could almost look at that as a means of burning off some of the stress energy through the laughter. Like, "Oh, I can laugh about it now. But where do you reach that point with some of these paper tigers? I mean even after you send in your taxes, do you have a really - laugh, ha, ha, ha. I got my - my taxes are off. That's great. They're done.
I can laugh about it. No, not necessarily. Julie Douglas: You're just trying to insert your laughter yoga agenda. I see where you're going with this. Julie Douglas: All right. Let's take a quick break and when we get back we will talk about bosses who attack. Robert Lamb: You know, Julie we've all experienced this particular problem. You're emailing a big file to a client, to a collaborator and it's too big to attach. You go to throw it in - I mean, we're always working with audio files, obviously for the podcast.
Robert Lamb: And they're often enormous right out of the bat. Or if you're dealing with photos that you're going to use in a blog post, using too large of an image, you can't attach it, right? Also in other cases you're sending a confidential file and there's no good way to send it securely, and then if you're out of the office, and you don't have access to your spreadsheet or your power point presentation, and you need to access information, they you need a good way to get ahold of a large file on the move.
And luckily there's a solution to all of those problems, and it is called Share File, brought to you by Citrix. The powerful tool that millions of professionals rely on every day. Julie Douglas: Yeah, unlike other services, Share File was designed specifically for business use and allows you to send files of almost any size and access your files from any computer or mobile device.
It really enhances your work flow easily and securely. So if we have something top secret, I could share it with you with Share File. Robert Lamb: Exactly.
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Robert Lamb: All right we're back and we're talking about what happens when there's a perceived threat, we build up all that stress in your body, and then as an organism we're supposed to then release that stress by either fleeing from the thing that is endangering us or fighting the thing that is endangering us.
But what happens when the thing that is giving us all the stress, cannot be fled from and cannot be directly opposed. What if it's something like your taxes or just like a massive amount of paperwork you have to get done? Julie Douglas: Or what if it takes an actual human, physical embodiment in the form of your boss? I mean -. Robert Lamb: Because really you could fight your boss, you could run from your boss, you could quit your job and move to a different city and never see that boss again, both of these options are on the table.
But generally speaking within a society - within a culture we have all of these weird rules. When you lay culture over any kind of biological reality, all of these complications come up. So you end up in a situation where you're like, "My boss is my enemy. I want to fight him or her. But the good news is we have also found that tiger populations can recover. For them to do so, we have to target the illicit demand that drives tiger decline — because the illegal trade in wildlife is nothing more than organised crime.
In fact, it's the third largest form of organised crime, after the arms and drugs trades. This year, , is the Year of the Tiger. From November, the global tiger summit in St Petersburg, Russia, will bring together the 13 countries that still have wild tigers, along with the World Bank Group, Smithsonian Institution, the WWF, National Geographic and other conservation and development partners and stakeholders. The summit will be an historic occasion, where world leaders will undertake specific commitments with the goal of doubling tiger numbers to 7, by , the next Year of the Tiger, and protecting their habitats.
Around the globe, individuals, governments, the World Bank Group, the Global Environment Facility and conservation groups have already invested considerable resources in tiger protection — and there have been successes. The Amur, or Siberian tiger, has been brought back from the brink of extinction through the combined anti-poaching and conservation efforts of the Russian government, local and international NGOs and local communities in the Russian far east.
The Terai Arc Landscape project in Nepal offers another possible model for how human communities can coexist alongside core tiger habitats. For this project, conservationists in the public and private sectors are working together to restore, reconnect, and manage 11 national parks into one continuous corridor of protected areas to benefit humans and wildlife.
These examples show that tiger populations can recover if habitats can be protected, within and outside protected areas, and if poaching of tigers and their prey is stopped. But while there are some important successes, the bigger picture remains bleak. Habitat degradation and fragmentation continue. Conservation efforts are continually undermined by poaching and illegal trade.
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