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Publisher's Summary

Within our heads, we carry around an infinite and endlessly unfolding map of the world. Navigation is one of the most ancient neural abilities we have - older even than language - and in Dark and Magical Places, Christopher Kemp embarks on a journey to discover the remarkable extent of what our minds can do.

From the secrets of supernavigators to the strange, dreamlike environments inhabited by people with 'place blindness', he will explore the myriad ways in which we find our way. Kemp explains the cutting-edge neuroscience that is transforming our understanding of it - and tries to answer why, for a species with a highly sophisticated internal navigation system that evolved over millions of years, do humans get lost so often?

©2022 Christopher Kemp (P)2022 Profile Books Ltd

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"A natural storyteller." (Mary Roach)

"Brilliant and beguiling." (Matthew Gavin Frank) 

"Captivating...will alter the way you see and move through the world." (M. R. O'Connor)

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