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Wayfinding Kindle Edition
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"[A] rich exploration...For readers curious about nature, science, the human brain, and how we navigate the world." --Library Journal
"O'Connor talked to just the right people in just the right places, and her narrative is a marvel of storytelling on its own merits, erudite but lightly worn. There are many reasons why people should make efforts to improve their geographical literacy, and O'Connor hits on many in this excellent book--devouring it makes for a good start." --Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review)
"Rich and multifaceted...O'Connor brings her subjects to life in a delightful manner." --Publishers Weekly
"In this lyrical look at both our small, shining planet and the unexpected science of how we navigate it, M.R. O'Connor reminds us that exploration is journey and understanding, that we sometimes best see the world and ourselves while standing on a path less taken." --Deborah Blum, author of The Poison Squad: One Chemist's Single-Minded Crusade for Food Safety at the Turn of the Twentieth Century
"This revelatory book has the qualities of a grand adventure. M. R. O'Connor leads readers out into the world to discover something deep within themselves. Treat yourself to Wayfinding." --Nicholas Carr, author of The Shallows and The Glass Cage
"An insightful examination of the human mind and navigation. O'Connor weaves together different disciplines of science in an accessible way which makes for an engaging read from start to finish." --Mary A. van Balgooy, executive director, Society of Woman Geographers
"I thoroughly enjoyed this deep and absorbing investigation. Fascinating." --Tristan Gooley, author of The Natural Navigator--This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
- ASIN : B07PXFKYJ1
- Publisher : Affirm Press (23 April 2019)
- Language : English
- File size : 1387 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 411 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 174,279 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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After showing the amazing skills of some of the last remaining true wayfinders on the planet and even arguing (quite convincingly) that the ancient wayfinders were the true discoverers of the scientific method, the author raises the question what modern navigation tools do to those amazing skills and what we are at risk of losing by becoming so completely reliant on the tools that we don't even have to see or interact with our environment anymore. What happens to our brains when travel is no longer a journey filled with experiences, observations and learnings but is the passive time spent between two places? Having been a very frequent flyer myself, I have often wondered about the difference between modern travel and travel in the old way. This book has given me a lot to think about and supports my own suspicion that modern travel does not count as journeying, and lacks almost everything that makes slowly getting from one place to another, interacting with everything in between, so much more enjoyable and enriching.
Top reviews from other countries
We're from Italy, so we should be used to cities (or neighborhood) that aren't developed on a grid, and yet. Why was is it that we struggled so much navigating this part of New York? Why is it that, if I look at a map, I have to physically turn it so that the top points towards the way I am going—because I cannot turn it in my head?
Wayfinding explores this and many other questions related to finding your way (in the most refreshingly non metaphorical way). It is full of incredible anecdotes, scientific research, and theories to figure out how we understand, learn, and remember (or not) the space we inhabit and explore. Beautifully written, engaging, and surprising—I recommend it highly.
The book strays a little "off course" (pun intended) when it delves into areas of the brain. Based on the title, I wasn't expecting to explore how people in the past had better brains than we do now. Notwithstanding the change in topic, it was still very interesting to read about. But I'm not ready to give up my GPS! I'm afraid my hippocampus will just have to deal. I'm 66 years old. The damage is already done honey! Lol.
Then the book explored the truths of global warming, sociological changes from parenting to technology bashing. Not disagreeing with any of it. Just a bit off the topic of Wayfinding. Being a navigator myself (airlines) for 37 years I was looking for more juicy "navigating" stuffs in the later half. Hence the 4 stars.
With all that said tho I'm happy I bought it. The book was a very thought provoking read.