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Topophilia

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Offline House Made of Dawn

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"The trick, William Potter, is not minding that it hurts."

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Re: Topophilia
« Reply #1 on: June 06, 2019, 03:47:19 PM »
"...practicing navigation is a powerful form of engagement with the environment that can inspire a greater sense of stewardship. Finding our way on our own — using perception, empirical observation and problem-solving skills — forces us to attune ourselves to the world. And by turning our attention to the physical landscape that sustains and connects us, we can nourish “topophilia,” a sense of attachment and love for place. You’ll never get that from waiting for a satellite to tell you how to find a shortcut."

So very true!
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Re: Topophilia
« Reply #2 on: June 06, 2019, 04:11:41 PM »
Just now got your photo-pun.  :icon_rolleyes:

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Re: Topophilia
« Reply #3 on: June 06, 2019, 05:22:33 PM »
Just now got your photo-pun.  :icon_rolleyes:

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Re: Topophilia
« Reply #4 on: June 06, 2019, 06:22:24 PM »
Just now got your photo-pun.  :icon_rolleyes:



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to say I just now got it,
but I'm no poet.

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Re: Topophilia
« Reply #5 on: June 06, 2019, 07:59:57 PM »
I thought that hippo looked familiar.  That's my wife's school district!

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Re: Topophilia
« Reply #6 on: June 07, 2019, 12:02:38 AM »
"The trick, William Potter, is not minding that it hurts."

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Re: Topophilia
« Reply #7 on: June 07, 2019, 12:04:11 AM »
I thought that hippo looked familiar.  That's my wife's school district!

 :icon_biggrin:   I knew somebody here would have a connection to Hutto.   :great:
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Re: Topophilia
« Reply #8 on: June 07, 2019, 09:00:16 AM »
A fascinating, thoughtful article; not just a curmudgeonly, luddite protest.  My son recently got disoriented driving around town at night, and his phone died, so he was nearly helpless.  He was finally forced to think, devise a plan, and execute it.  Eventually he made it back home. 

I like this quote from the article: “When we get lost, it activates the hippocampus, it gets us completely out of the habit mode. Getting lost is good!” 

I've been keenly aware for some time of the joy of getting lost and then solving the problem.  I've had three specific episodes where I've become disoriented, first at the Houston Arboretum, and then two other times in the Gila Wilderness.  All three had a sense of absurdity (How can I possibly be lost here?), and all required the intense mental discipline of clinging fixedly to what I knew to be true about the big picture, and ignoring small subjective inputs (Does that rock/stick/bush look familiar?).  There was something of a connection to the concept of walking by faith and not by sight, and in retrospect, very invigorating.

I've been concerned that authorities may eventually grow lax about signage.  With GPS navigation, who needs accurate signs?  The day is already upon us where you can't necessarily buy a map at a gas station.
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