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


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Belknap Press
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5.51 X 8.19 X 0.94 inches | 0.65 pounds

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About the Author

Michael Bond is a science writer and former Senior Editor at New Scientist. His work has appeared in Nature, Aeon, Discover, the New York Times, Foreign Policy, Financial Times, and elsewhere. His book The Power of Others: Peer Pressure, Groupthink, and How the People Around Us Shape Everything We Do won the British Psychology Society Science Book of the Year Award.


The abilities that are cultivated in wayfinding--imagining things from different viewpoints, moving the mind backward and forward in time, seeing situations from other perspectives, weighing alternatives subtly against one another before making the best decisions, seeking information from others and giving it freely in return--might be the same abilities that contribute to a resilient, equitable community or polity. If this is wayfinding, then we need it now more than ever.--Robert Macfarlane "New York Review of Books" (7/1/2021 12:00:00 AM)
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" (3/29/2020 12:00:00 AM)
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" (2/26/2020 12:00:00 AM)
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" (2/23/2020 12:00:00 AM)
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" (7/10/2020 12:00:00 AM)
A scientifically rich look at how humans manage to get around in the world.-- "Kirkus Reviews" (2/1/2020 12:00:00 AM)
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 world of road signs and GPS, it is easy to ignore our natural navigational instincts. I hope this book will inspire people to explore and experiment with those abilities, for if they do, they will be in for a wonderful surprise.--Robin Knox-Johnston, winner of the Sunday Times Golden Globe Race as the first person to sail single-handed and non-stop around the world
A fascinating and engaging look at how we navigate, from the first humans to modern-day hikers zombified by overuse of GPS. Bond has collected in one place many of the important studies on wayfinding, with riveting anecdotes of real situations where life or death hangs in the balance.--John Huth, author of The Lost Art of Finding Our Way
A thoroughly engaging book, essential reading for anyone who regularly spends time outdoors or wishes to better understand how our brains make sense of the spatial cues in the diverse environments which we pass through.-- "Ridgeline Images" (6/3/2020 12:00:00 AM)
A fascinating exploration of how we learn to find our way as children and how we may risk unlearning it from lack of use thanks to GPS or from the damage of Alzheimer's Disease. Through that arc of life, Bond explores the different ways we think about finding our way and what parts of the brain are likely to be involved...Illuminating.-- "Tonstant Weader Reviews" (6/26/2020 12:00:00 AM)
Highly engaging...Bond makes a compelling case for why the reader should become more interested not only in avoiding becoming lost, but also in enjoying the experience of getting lost!-- "Choice" (3/1/2021 12:00:00 AM)
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" (2/29/2020 12:00:00 AM)
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" (1/16/2020 12:00:00 AM)
[An] absorbing exploration of the intersection of neuroscience and geography.--Brian Bethune "Maclean's" (5/28/2020 12:00:00 AM)
We are biologically hardwired to orient ourselves in space, but a lot can go wrong with the system--which is, in some ways, even more interesting...But Bond also warns of the potential to squander our evolutionarily endowed spatial awareness through pure neglect. An era of GPS and self-driving vehicles may be convenient but also profoundly forgettable.--Scott McLemee "Inside Higher Ed" (1/29/2021 12:00:00 AM)