In Praise of Walking

Friday, 23 August, 2019

Weekend reading is In Praise Of Walking by Shane O’Mara, thanks to Noel Donnelly, a true friend.

Snippet: “Humans are not especially fast runners — we can easily be outrun over short(ish) distances by lots of other species (think tigers and gazelles) — but we are exceptional walkers, possibly the best walkers of all species. And this has been the secret underlying our far-flung dispersion across the face of the earth. We humans are the most dispersed of all animal species, living in the northern and southern extremes of our planet, and at virtually every land point in between. Walking allowed us to probe and extend the edges of our world and then undertake risky journeys by boat,travelling to the next island — which we then explored on foot.”

Our boats



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