Exploring Humans in Motion


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About the Book

The universe we inhabit is characterized by constant motion. From electrons to galaxies, all things are on the move in some way. This resonates within the human condition; we are born to move. From the earliest hunters, sailors, and horse-riders to the modern world of trains, bicycles, and cars, movement is everywhere in human life. Our history as nomads compares starkly to our increasingly sedentary life today. This fundamental disruption of the human as a moving being led to the invention of the wheel, new religious cultures, and even the rational mind.
This book considers the full depth of the link between humanity and motion, examining how it manifests in us and how we embody it. Broad and multidisciplinary, it blends history, geography, psychology, philosophy, architecture, anthropology, and spirituality.

About the Author(s)

Dónal Mac Erlaine is a cultural historian, musician, and composer. He writes about philosophy, music, politics, literature, and society. In 2014, he was the winner of the O’Riada award for composition.

Bibliographic Details

Dónal Mac Erlaine
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 231
Bibliographic Info: 15 photos, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2024
pISBN: 978-1-4766-9314-9
eISBN: 978-1-4766-5220-7
Imprint: Toplight

Table of Contents

Preface 1

Chapter 1. The Mystery of the River 5

Chapter 2. Dreaming in Footprints 15

Chapter 3. A Unity with Nature 28

Chapter 4. Peeking Beyond the Horizon 41

Chapter 5. Abandoning Nomadism 53

Chapter 6. Six Legs Better 66

Chapter 7. ­Two-Wheeled Liberation 80

Chapter 8. Industry 91

Chapter 9. Autopia 102

Chapter 10. A Map of Consciousness 114

Chapter 11. Drifting Through Utopias 126

Chapter 12. Logos 138

Chapter 13. Tao 149

Chapter 14. Nirvana 161

Chapter 15. Advaita 172

Chapter Notes 183

Bibliography 203

Index 221