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The Wayfinders: Why Ancient Wisdom Matters in the Modern World (CBC Massey Lectures) [Paperback]

Wade Davis
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  • Paperback: 262 pages
  • Publisher: House of Anansi Press (13 Oct 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0887847668
  • ISBN-13: 978-0887847660
  • Product Dimensions: 20.4 x 12.7 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 197,461 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful and beautifully written 31 May 2013
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This is a wonderful book. I found it was so beautifully written and thought provoking I could not put it down. Wade Davis has distilled years of research and interest into a single volume. The book demonstrates why we should not dismiss all traditional practices as mere superstition and why we should pay more attention to wisdom that has evolved socially over thousands of years. He highlights the travesty of the disappearing cultures and languages which far exceeds (and is related to) the rate of biodiversity loss. I am a scientist and a rationalist but I was utterly convinced by his explanations of how seafaring Polynesians navigate by skill and instinct and the intimate relationships that various peoples of the forest, desert and ice have with their worlds. The western worldview is only one among many and does a lot of harm when imposed on cultures that it doesn't fit.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely beautiful 2 April 2014
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There are books that you come back to time and time again. This is one of them. My wife and I have each read it three or four times, and each time it inspires us anew. One of those books that may - warning - rid you of your preconceptions and make you rethink some of your most closely held views. Reading this, you understand that our behaviours and values are learnt - all of them. Just wonderful.
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4.0 out of 5 stars so glad to have read this book 3 Mar 2014
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I first heard about this from a book group and right away knew that I would want to read it and wanted my husband to read it too. This is a very important book - powerful and easy to read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well researched and thought provoking 29 Jan 2014
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As with all Wade Davis' writing this is an intelligent and thought provoking work. I read it with my lap top to hand so that I could further research some of the cultural beliefs and practices he writes about
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