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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 ability to migrate and orient with such precision—especially since our own adventurous ancestors spread across the world without maps ...more
Kindle Edition, 368 pages
Published April 23rd 2019 by Affirm Press
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I suppose it is appropriate that this book 'travels', the writer's voice growing more assured and comfortable with different ideas as it progresses. Wayfinding - one of three books read in as many weeks about navigation (the others were Sea People: The Puzzle of Polynesia and Incredible Journeys: Exploring the Wonders of Animal Navigation) - starts with some expected-but-indefensible statements about human superiority that put me seriously offside, but ends with an excellent and respectful ...more
We are all born with intellectual gifts--and capacities. In a way, this is a book about how finding our way--geographically--is one of the most critical means humans have for developing their intellectual gifts. And, on the other hand, this is a book about how contemporary means of finding our way (Google Maps, Teslas, and Waze) or not finding our way ("no" says mom, "you can't explore the neighbourhood or park or ride your bike six kilometres to the ocean") undermine human potential. All ...more
Very cool exploration of the linkages between memory and geospatial awareness in the human brain. O'Connor examines three traditional cultures around the world (Eskimos/Inuits, Polynesians, and Aboriginal Australians), focusing on how they navigate and interact with their environment without the use of modern technology.