Wayfinding: The Science and Mystery of How Humans Navigate the World
At once far flung and intimate, a fascinating look at how finding our way make us human.
"A marvel of storytelling." —Kirkus (Starred Review)
In this compelling narrative, O'Connor seeks out neuroscientists, anthropologists and master navigators to understand how navigation ultimately gave us our humanity. Biologists have been trying to solve the mystery of how organisms have the ab—/>
The first time I set out for college (2000+ miles from home) I got a US road atlas & painstakingly highlighted my route through each state. I visited AAA for more detailed maps (remember TripTiks?). And I carried my mother’s hand-drawn directions to my first night’s stop: my grandparent ...more
How did we find our way before Safari and Google Maps and Waze? “Wayfinding” explores the question of how people in the past navigated tundra and forest and praire — and rarely lost their way.
“Fifteen or twenty years ago, the old Inuit couldn’t believe when people started getting lost. Th ...more
O'Connor uses the experiences of Inuit, Aboriginal and Polynesian cultures to illustrate different aspects of scientific inquiry into how human's approach getting around in the world. For the Inuit, this involves intense knowledge of what to our eyes might seem a barren environment ...more
I've always been fascinated with (my) place in this world - and O'Connor has presented such a rich and varied way of looking at place (and space) through an examination of science, history, and sociology.
She takes us around the world -- from the Australian Outback to Northern Canada to Fiji -- to ...more