Posted by: geonarcissa | July 6, 2009

Reconnecting with the space around us…

Here’s a short, interesting article about humans’ awareness of the space we occupy, with some discussion of the power of GPS technology (including geocaching) to help us connect with our surroundings. Here’s a taste:

The fact that we can so easily imagine ourselves in a time and place other than where we are suggests that we have very powerful cognitive resources that other animals don’t have, but a consequence is that we don’t practice our innate navigation capabilities and we get easily disoriented. We get away with it by drawing elaborate maps and building tremendously supportive environments where the most serious consequence of getting lost is that we need to ask for directions. For animals, the consequence of getting lost could be death.

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