Literary Lunchbreak: Shane O'Mara: In Praise of Walking: A New Scientific Exploration
Join us to hear Shane O'Mara speak on his new book In Praise of Walking: A New Scientific Exploration for the next installment in our Literary Lunchbreak virtual event series
What is it that makes us human? Language, of course: its infinite capacity to carry meaning, content, and culture. How about tool use, which continues to evolve? Or the exceptional investment we make in our children, raising and caring for them for such extended periods of time?
Shane O’Mara, professor of experimental brain research at Trinity College Dublin and author of the acclaimed Why Torture Doesn’t Work, offers another answer: the simple but revolutionary feat that is walking. Walking, for example, frees our hands, unlocking the ability to carry food, weapons, and children. It has allowed us to throw, to creep, to gather up, and to disappear. It makes the mind mobile; it enlarges the range of our senses. And it brings us together, enabling us to construct all manner of social worlds, of relations between individuals and communities.
In his new book, In Praise of Walking: A New Scientific Exploration, O’Mara celebrates the full sweep of human walking, from its origins in deep time, through how the brain and body perform their mechanical magic, to understanding how walking can both set our thoughts free and draw us together, building intimacy and fellowship. Ultimately, he demonstrates how walking is good for the body, for the brain, and for society at large.
So consider attending this Literary Lunchbreak as part of your COVID self-care regimen. Copies of In Praise of Walking ordered from us before or on the day of the Literary Lunchbreak will be 15% off!
Shane O’Mara is professor of experimental brain research at Trinity College Dublin. He is also the author of Why Torture Doesn’t Work and A Brain for Business—A Brain for Life. He lives in Dublin, Ireland.