By Caspar Henderson
Henderson’s really good exploration borrows from the shape of 1 of the oldest and most generally identified resources of ask yourself: maps. huge, distinctive mappae mundi invited humans in medieval Europe to vividly think locations and chances they'd by no means obvious prior to: manticores with the top of a guy, the physique of a lion, and the stinging tail of a scorpion; tribes of one-eyed males who fought griffins for diamonds; and fearsome Scythian warriors who drank the blood in their enemies from their skulls. As outlandish as those maps and the tales that went with them sound to us this day, Henderson argues that our perspectives of the realm at the present time are often no much less incomplete or deceptive. Scientists are just starting to map the human mind, for instance, revealing it as greatly extra complicated than any laptop we will be able to conceive. Our present figuring out of actual fact is woefully incomplete. A New Map of Wonders explores those and different nation-states of the fantastic, in several occasions and cultures and right this moment, taking readers from Aboriginal Australian landscapes to sacred websites in nice Britain, the entire whereas maintaining sight questions resembling the cognitive foundation of ask yourself and the connection among ask yourself and science.
Beautifully illustrated and written with wit and ethical complexity, this sequel to The booklet of slightly Imagined Beings is an interesting account of the facility of ask yourself and an unforgettable meditation on its significance to our future.
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A New Map of Wonders: A Journey in Search of Modern Marvels by Caspar Henderson