Exploring Humans in Motion


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About the Book

Our universe is characterized by constant motion. From electrons to galaxies, all things are on the move. 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