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The Resource Wayfinding : the science and mystery of how humans navigate the world, M. R. O'Connor

Wayfinding : the science and mystery of how humans navigate the world, M. R. O'Connor

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Wayfinding : the science and mystery of how humans navigate the world
Title
Wayfinding
Title remainder
the science and mystery of how humans navigate the world
Statement of responsibility
M. R. O'Connor
Creator
Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
At once far flung and intimate, a fascinating look at how finding our way make us human. 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 or instruments. O'Connor goes to the Arctic, the Australian bush and the South Pacific to talk to masters of their environment who seek to preserve their traditions at a time when anyone can use a GPS to navigate. O'Connor explores the neurological basis of spatial orientation within the hippocampus. Without it, people inhabit a dream state, becoming amnesiacs incapable of finding their way, recalling the past, or imagining the future. Studies have shown that the more we exercise our cognitive mapping skills, the greater the grey matter and health of our hippocampus. O'Connor talks to scientists studying how atrophy in the hippocampus is associated with afflictions such as impaired memory, dementia, Alzheimer's Disease, depression and PTSD. Wayfinding is a captivating book that charts how our species' profound capacity for exploration, memory and storytelling results in topophilia, the love of place
Cataloging source
QPPL
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1982-
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O'Connor, M. R.
Dewey number
152.142
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Orientation (Physiology)
  • Space perception
Label
Wayfinding : the science and mystery of how humans navigate the world, M. R. O'Connor
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Prologue: Wayfinding -- Part One: Arctic. The last roadless place -- Memoryscapes -- Why children are amnesiacs -- Birds, bees, wolves and whales -- Navigation made us human -- A storytelling computer -- Part Two: Australia. Supernomads -- Dreamtime cartography -- Space and time in the brain -- Among the lightning people -- You say left, I say north -- Part Three: Oceania. Empiricism at Harvard -- Astronauts of Oceania -- Navigating climate change -- This is your brain on GPS -- Lost Tesla -- Epilogue: our genius is topophilia -- Acknowledments -- Notes -- Selected Bibliography -- Index
Control code
000065206603
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
viii, 354 pages
Isbn
9781925712759
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (OCoLC)1083544524
  • 7891994
Label
Wayfinding : the science and mystery of how humans navigate the world, M. R. O'Connor
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Prologue: Wayfinding -- Part One: Arctic. The last roadless place -- Memoryscapes -- Why children are amnesiacs -- Birds, bees, wolves and whales -- Navigation made us human -- A storytelling computer -- Part Two: Australia. Supernomads -- Dreamtime cartography -- Space and time in the brain -- Among the lightning people -- You say left, I say north -- Part Three: Oceania. Empiricism at Harvard -- Astronauts of Oceania -- Navigating climate change -- This is your brain on GPS -- Lost Tesla -- Epilogue: our genius is topophilia -- Acknowledments -- Notes -- Selected Bibliography -- Index
Control code
000065206603
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
viii, 354 pages
Isbn
9781925712759
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (OCoLC)1083544524
  • 7891994

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