From sextant to Siri: How humanity lost its sense of direction

John Huth is one of the many who looks around and sees, with some irritation, those with their noses stuck in a cellphone, especially the younger generations.

As he is a Harvard physics professor, he sees this all the time.

“I have this temptation to go up to them and shout: ‘Put that down! Put that down. You’re going to die! You’re going to die!’”

He’s decided that’s not the healthy approach, say, in a Starbucks, he told a laughing audience of 400 on Tuesday at the Linda Hall Library. But the author of “The Lost Art of Finding Our Way” had a serious point.

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