From Here to There: The Art and Science of Finding and Losing Our Way
From Here to There: The Art and Science of Finding and Losing Our Way
From Here to There: The Art and Science of Finding and Losing Our Way
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From Here to There: The Art and Science of Finding and Losing Our Way

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Author: Michael Bond, 

Brand: Belknap Press

Binding: Hardcover

Number Of Pages: 304

Release Date: 12-05-2020

Details: Product Description A wise and insightful exploration of human navigation, what it means to be lost, and how we find our way.How is it that we can walk unfamiliar streets while maintaining a sense of direction? Come up with shortcuts on the fly, in places we’ve never traveled? The answer is the complex mental map in our brains. This feature of our cognition is easily taken for granted, but it’s also critical to our species’ evolutionary success. In From Here to There Michael Bond tells stories of the lost and found―Polynesian sailors, orienteering champions, early aviators―and surveys the science of human navigation.Navigation skills are deeply embedded in our biology. The ability to find our way over large distances in prehistoric times gave Homo sapiens an advantage, allowing us to explore the farthest regions of the planet. Wayfinding also shaped vital cognitive functions outside the realm of navigation, including abstract thinking, imagination, and memory. Bond brings a reporter’s curiosity and nose for narrative to the latest research from psychologists, neuroscientists, animal behaviorists, and anthropologists. He also turns to the people who design and expertly maneuver the world we navigate: search-and-rescue volunteers, cartographers, ordnance mappers, urban planners, and more. The result is a global expedition that furthers our understanding of human orienting in the natural and built environments.A beguiling mix of storytelling and science, From Here to There covers the full spectrum of human navigation and spatial understanding. In an age of GPS and Google Maps, Bond urges us to exercise our evolved navigation skills and reap the surprising cognitive rewards. Review “One of the most fascinating books I have read for a long while…If you want to understand what rats can teach us about better-planned cities, why walking into a different room can help you find your car keys, or how your brain’s grid, border, and speed cells combine to give us a sense of direction, this book has all the answers.” ― The Scotsman “Fascinating…Makes a compelling case that our ancient abilities to get from A to B aren’t just a matter of geography…Bond is not only interested in how we find our way, but also in how we get lost and how it affects us.” ― New Statesman “At the heart of this book is a detailed account of the neuroscience of navigation. It is fascinating…Ultimately, ‘we are spatial beings’ and [ From Here to There] skillfully and at times movingly makes the case for how deeply that is true.” ― Sunday Times “An excellently researched popular science book which explains how people―including experienced travelers―get lost, and why some individuals have superior navigational skills than others.” ― The Spectator “Bond guides readers through the neurological research and anecdotal tales that show how the brain supplies the equipment upon which our species has built its wayfinding skills…He concludes that, by setting aside our GPS devices, by redesigning parts of our cities and play areas, and sometimes just by letting ourselves get lost, we can indeed revivify our ability to find our way, to the benefit of our inner world no less than the outer one.” ― Lawrence Rosen , Science “Fascinating…He explains why people don’t get lost more often, how brains makes ‘cognitive maps,’ and how an ‘understanding of the world around us affects our psychology and behavior.’…Adventure-loving readers will be richly rewarded.” ― Publishers Weekly “A scientifically rich look at how humans manage to get around in the world.” ― Kirkus Reviews “An important book that reminds us that navigation remains one of our most underappreciated arts.” ― Tristan Gooley, author of The Natural Navigator “A fascinating excursion into the very nature of exploration. Absorbing stuff, for armchair travelers and rough ’n’ tough adventurers alike.” ― Benedict Allen, explorer and presenter in Expedition Africa, Unbreakable, and Travellers’ Century “In the modern w

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Languages: English