Thursday, 8 June 2017

How Navigation Makes Us Human

Living implies change and thus movement, and since navigation is the art of computing where we are, where we’ve been, and where we are going, it's not an exaggeration to say that navigation in its myriad forms is not only a crucial survival tool but the prime expression of living. Our brains evolved by navigating (...) GPS and similar technologies over the last twenty years have rendered the hard-won navigational skills of individual humans obsolete. For the price of a smartphone or an internet connection, we can be led with astonishing precision to any point on the globe, and we don't need to know a single detail about how it's done. But does such ease come at a cost? Will putting all our faith in GPS and related technologies diminish us in some way? Does the ensuring inability to get lost somehow sap our ability to seek and find new directions geographical and otherwise?

George Michelsen Foy –Finding North: How Navigation Makes Us Human.

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