Navigating the world: why we all really need to get lost

From the Sydney Morning Herald, 1 June 2019:

‘‘Get lost’’ is an insult most commonly flung around a primary-school playground. But according to science journalist M. R. O’Connor’s latest book, Wayfinding, it could be the very thing that holds the secret to our species’ intelligence, and its survival.

‘‘At a time of social change and ecological disruption, the possibility of this re-engagement with our surroundings seems incredibly important,’’ she writes. But this is no woo-woo, tie-dyed prescription to get out there and commune with Mother Earth; it’s a rigorous historical, scientific, archaeological, social and cultural analysis of the fundamental role that navigation and ‘‘wayfinding’’ has played in the evolution of the human animal. Read more.

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