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    DescriptionFrom the author of the #1 "New York Times" bestseller "Inside of a Dog," this "elegant and entertaining" ("The Boston Globe") explanation of how humans perceive their environments "does more than open our eyes...opens our hearts and minds, too, gently awakening us to a world--in fact, many worlds--we've been missing" ("USA TODAY"). Alexandra Horowitz" "shows us how to see the spectacle of the ordinary--to practice, as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle put it, "the observation of trifles." Structured around a series of eleven walks the author takes, mostly in her Manhattan neighborhood, "On Looking" features 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. Horowitz 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. Page by page, Horowitz shows how much more there is to see--if only we would really look. Trained as a cognitive scientist, she discovers a feast of fascinating detail, all explained with her generous humor and self-deprecating tone. 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.


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    Title
    On Looking
    Subtitle
    Eleven Walks with Expert Eyes
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Alexandra Horowitz
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 308
    Width: 144 mm
    Height: 220 mm
    Thickness: 22 mm
    Weight: 420 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781439191262
    ISBN 10: 1439191263
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: PSY
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC subject category V2: WN
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S2.3
    BIC subject category V2: JHM
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    BIC subject category V2: JMR
    Ingram Subject Code: PS
    Libri: I-PS
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 24280
    DC21: 153
    LC classification: BF
    B&T General Subject: 670
    DC22: 153
    B&T Approval Code: A11240000
    BISAC V2.8: SOC002000
    Abridged Dewey: 153
    B&T Approval Code: A33010000
    BISAC V2.8: PSY008000, NAT000000
    Edition statement
    Reprint
    Illustrations note
    colour plates
    Publisher
    Scribner Book Company
    Imprint name
    Scribner Book Company
    Publication date
    15 April 2014
    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 "