In Praise of Walking
A New Scientific Exploration
by Shane O'Mara
Pub Date 12 May 2020
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A hymn to walking, the mechanical magic at the core of our humanity.
Walking upright on two feet is a uniquely human skill. It enabled us to migrate out of Africa and to spread as far as Alaska and Australia. Every day, we put one foot in front of the other—yet how many of us know how we do that, or appreciate the advantages it gives us?
Neuroscientist Shane O’Mara invites us to marvel at the benefits walking confers on our bodies and brains. From walking’s evolutionary origins, traced back millions of years to life forms on the ocean floor, to new findings from cutting- edge research, he reveals how the brain and nervous system give us the ability to balance, weave through a crowded city, and run our “inner GPS” system. Walking, in turn, spurs our imaginations and boosts our moods.
In Praise of Walking illuminates the joys, health benefits, and mechanics of walking—and reminds us to get out of our chairs and discover a happier, healthier, more creative self.
About the Author: Shane O'Mara is professor of experimental brain research at Trinity College Dublin. He is also the author of Why Torture Doesn't Work and A Brain for Business-A Brain for Life. He lives in Dublin, Ireland.