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Why We Can Find Our Way to the Moon but Get Lost in the Mall

Book - 2009
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Psychologist Colin Ellard explains how, over centuries of innovation, we have lost our instinctive ability to find our way and suggests that architects and city planners need to consider human behavior when designing human environments, and we all need to recognize that we are part of, not isolated from, the space around us.
Publisher: New York : Doubleday, c2009.
Edition: 1st U.S. ed.
ISBN: 9780385528061
Branch Call Number: 153.752 Ell
Characteristics: 328 p. : ill., maps ; 25 cm.
Additional Contributors: Ellard, Colin 1958- Where am I.


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Mar 18, 2016

My main problem with this book is its title--it's more clever by half than the writing inside, and misrepresents its subject as well. I was hoping for an explanation of why I always turn the wrong way at intersections. But this is an earnestly dull account of how human and animal brains engage with and interpret space, and how design and other human concerns might take that into account. The title's question, and mine, are not addressed.


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