On Looking by Alexandra Horowitz
Eleven Walks with Expert Eyes

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I was not as inspired as I had hoped to be by reading On Looking, in part because it reads like a very smart person imparting a lot of knowlege, but without the emotional connection I was seeking to accompany the information.
-Toronto Star

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From 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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Alexandra Horowitz is the author of the bestselling Inside of a Dog: What Dogs See, Smell, and Know. She teaches psychology, animal behavior, and canine cognition at Barnard College, Columbia University. In New York City, Alexandra walks with her husband, the writer Ammon Shea, her son, and two large, non-heeling dogs.
 
Published January 8, 2013 by Scribner. 325 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Science & Math, Self Help, Political & Social Sciences, Professional & Technical, Sports & Outdoors, Health, Fitness & Dieting. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Laura Eggertson on Feb 01 2013

I was not as inspired as I had hoped to be by reading On Looking, in part because it reads like a very smart person imparting a lot of knowlege, but without the emotional connection I was seeking to accompany the information.

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