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    DescriptionFrom the author of the giant #1 "New York Times "bestseller "Inside of a Dog "comes an equally smart, delightful, and startling exploration of how we perceive and discover our world. Alexandra Horowitz's brilliant "On Looking: Eleven Walks with Expert Eyes "shows us how to see the spectacle of the ordinary--to practice, as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle put it, "the observation of trifles." "On Looking "is structured around a series of eleven walks the author takes, mostly in her Manhattan neighborhood, with experts on a diverse range of subjects, including an urban sociologist, the well-known artist Maira Kalman, a geologist, a physician, and a sound designer. She also walks with a child and a dog to see the world as they perceive it. "What "they see, "how "they see it, and why most of us do "not "see the same things reveal the startling power of human attention and the cognitive aspects of what it means to be an expert observer. As the million-plus readers of "Inside of a Dog "have discovered, Alexandra Horowitz is charmingly adept at explaining the mysteries of human perception. Trained as a cognitive scientist, she discovers a feast of fascinating detail, all explained with her generous humor and self-deprecating tone. "On Looking "presents the same engaging combination, this time in service to understanding how human beings encounter their daily worlds and each other. Page by page, Horowitz shows how much more there is to see--if only we would really look. "On Looking "is nutrition for the considered life, serving as a provocative response to our relentlessly virtual consciousness. So turn off the phone and other electronic devices and "be "in the real world--where strangers communicate by geometry as they walk toward one another, where sounds reveal shadows, where posture can display humility, and the underside of a leaf unveils a Lilliputian universe--where, indeed, there are worlds within worlds within worlds. Alexandra Horowitz's "On Looking "confirms her place as one of today's most illuminating observers of our infinitely complex world.


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    Title
    On Looking
    Subtitle
    Eleven Walks with Expert Eyes
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Alexandra Horowitz
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 308
    Width: 160 mm
    Height: 231 mm
    Thickness: 28 mm
    Weight: 522 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781439191255
    ISBN 10: 1439191255
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: PSY
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    DC21: 158.1
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    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S2.3
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    BIC subject category V2: JMR
    Ingram Subject Code: PS
    Libri: I-PS
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 01
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 14280
    LC subject heading:
    DC22: 158.1
    B&T General Subject: 670
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    B&T Approval Code: A11240000
    BISAC V2.8: SOC002000
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    B&T Approval Code: A33010000
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    BISAC V2.8: PSY008000
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: NAT000000
    LC classification: BF311 .H646 2013
    Publisher
    Scribner Book Company
    Imprint name
    Scribner Book Company
    Publication date
    01 August 2013
    Review quote
    "Alexandra Horowitz's new book is as wonderful as her first. "Inside of a Dog" helped us to imagine the worlds of our beagles, collies, greyhounds and mutts. "On Looking" teaches us that the world is just as rich, strange and charmed when seen through the eyes of our local artists, doctors, architects and toddlers. "On Looking" also teaches us that Alexandra Horowitz is a writer to watch."--Jonathan Weiner "author of Beak of the Finch and Long for this World "