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  • Title: Finding North: How Navigation Makes Us Human
  • Author: George Michelsen Foy
  • ISBN: 9781250052681
  • Page: 377
  • Format: Hardcover

  • Navigation is the key human skill It s something we do everywhere, whether feeling our way through a bedroom in the dark, or charting a ship s course But how does navigation affect our brains, our memory, ourselves Blending scientific research and memoir, and written in beautiful prose, Finding North starts with a quest by the author to understand this most basic of humNavigation is the key human skill It s something we do everywhere, whether feeling our way through a bedroom in the dark, or charting a ship s course But how does navigation affect our brains, our memory, ourselves Blending scientific research and memoir, and written in beautiful prose, Finding North starts with a quest by the author to understand this most basic of human skills and why it s in mortal peril.In 1844, Foy s great great grandfather, captain of a Norwegian cargo ship, perished at sea after getting lost in a snowstorm Foy decides to unravel the mystery surrounding Halvor Michelsen s death and the roots of his own obsession with navigation by re creating his ancestor s trip using only period instruments.Beforehand, he meets a colorful cast of characters to learn whether men really have better directional skills than women, how cells, eels, and spaceships navigate and how tragedy results from GPS glitches He interviews a cabby who has memorized every street in London, sails on a Haitian cargo sloop, and visits the site of a secret navigational cult in Greece.At the heart of Foy s story is this fact navigation and the brain s memory centers are inextricably linked As Foy unravels the secret behind Halvor s death, he also discovers why forsaking our navigation skills in favor of GPS may lead not only to Alzheimers and other diseases of memory, but to losing a key part of what makes us human.
    George Michelsen Foy
    GEORGE MICHELSEN FOY is the author of ZERO DECIBELS The Quest for Absolute Silence, and twelve critically acclaimed novels He is the recipient of a National Endowment of the Arts fellowship in fiction His articles, reviews, and stories have been published by Rolling Stone, The Boston Globe, Harper s, The New York Times, and Men s Journal, among others, and he has been an investigative reporter, writer, and or editor for BusinessWeek, The International Herald Tribune, and The Cape Cod Register He teaches creative writing at New York University and is married with two children Foy divides his time between coastal Massachusetts and New York.

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    Commentaires:

    Lisa Cobb Sabatini
    I won Finding North: How Navigation Makes Us Human by George Michelsen Foy from .Part fascinating research, part memoir, part rollicking adventure, George Michelsen Foy's book, Finding North: How Navigation Makes Us Human, is a must read for anyone who enjoys seafaring adventure and human studies.Foy takes readers into the labs of scientists, doctors, and other researchers who share their vast knowledge in understandable ways, helping readers to feel comfortable with complex theories, research, [...]

    Dawn
    I received an advance reading copy as a giveaway. The writing in this book is very good, but I found myself struggling to be engaged in the topic of navigation. The author makes may interesting observations about navigation, but overstretches in his attempt to identify a navigation gene and to link the use of GPS technology to rising rates of Alzheimer's. This book may be of interest to those who are innately interested in navigation, but this is likely a niche group of readers.

    Gry
    This book was really uneven. It was not immediately a page-turner for me, but it was still pretty good so I kept going. There is a lot going on here: A shipwreck of the author's ancestor, scientific questions about the effects of GPS technology on our brains, debating the pros and cons of old navigational methods versus new ones, and "navigating" the loss of loved ones and familiar features in our lives. This is a huge scope for the book, and some sections were notably more engaging than others. [...]

    Anne
    Interesting Story of FamilyI picked it up because of an interest in celestial navigation. Tangentially, that was its topic. But it was more about family history and searching to understand enough of the techniques of navigating over a century ago to discern the causes of a shipwreck that defined his family.

    Dewayne Stark
    There were some interesting information here but his sailing skills left me at a loss.

    Paul
    Author's narcissism gets a bit tiresome.

    John
    Review to come.

    Doug Wiseman
    Interesting book, but he does not really make a strong case for the argument that navigation makes us human. If you like sailing books and history you will find this enjoyable.

    Melissa
    I received an advance reading copy as a giveaway. I have a hard time describing this book or the author's main point in a nutshell - I suppose, loss (physical or emotional) is disorienting, and navigation helps us recover from this and find our way again. The author explored this through investigating an ancestor's death at sea, and recreating his voyage using traditional navigational tools to sail a similar distance offshore in the Gulf of Maine, as well as in retracing the actual final voyage [...]

    Antonio Dias
    Navigation is at the heart of everything we do on the water.I’ve been asked by his publishers to review George Michelsen Foy’s new book:Is disaster… always envisioned geographically, is it always navigational in the deepest sense?Finding North, page 22George Michelsen Foy asks this question early on in his extended ruminations in the form of a record, a log of a voyage. We join him on a quest woven of varied lineaments gathered over decades, facing questions ranging from the intimate and f [...]

    June
    Entertaining and mellow reflection on navigation, the human faculty of finding our way around in our world. The heart of the story, is seeking to explain the death of an ancestor whose ship went down off the coast of Norway – the author not only visits the place, but re-enacts a similar voyage, attempting to use the same methods of navigation as were used in the past. I received a copy in the Giveaways program.He also models a different kind of exploration, by seeking knowledge not in a libra [...]

    David
    I really wanted to love this book, but it is, by turns, so filled with technical jargon, flowery descriptions and maudlin sentimentality, that the point is often lost, or at least the point I was expecting was lost. Every once in a while the author breaks through the fog, the real kind of which he so fears, to make his point that our total reliance on navigational technology is doing real damage to our brains. Unfortunately, such nuggets of wisdom are too few and too far between. Disappointing.

    Ben
    Fantastic book by a new author for me. I thought this book would be more about the technical aspects of navigation and was pleasantly surprised to find this book a personal and historical account of navigation. The author intertwines his personal life, challenges, losses, history, and interests into a unique blend that becomes an informative book on navigation. I really liked this story and found it interesting and informative. Look forward to more reading from this author.

    Doug Gordon
    Not what I expected/hoped for and I only made it through about 1/3 of the way. There's probably enough interesting information to make up a good magazine article, but the rest is way too much about the author himself. I also didn't care for the writing style. The author teaches creative writing and got a bit carried away with flowery writing, stretched metaphors, etc.

    Tory
    I received this book as a 'giveaway'. I kept picking it up and then putting it down, I just didn't want to stick with it. I admire the author's intent, connecting navigation to memory, and as someone who still uses maps instead of GPS, I really wanted to like this book more.

    Portia
    I found this book to be very interesting and informative. Particularly how the GPS works.l-in-all a book worth reading.

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