[at-l] The News
AThiker at smithville.net
Mon Jan 17 11:52:38 CST 2011
On 1/17/2011 12:06 PM, Jim Bullard wrote:
> FWIW I wasn't taught map navigation in school. I didn't
> even learn it in Boy Scouts (only belonged to the scouts
> one year). I learned it in the Army and refined my skills
> on my own.
> Kids are being taught how to find a book in the library
> but we aren't going to libraries as much because you can
> find most of what you need to know on your computer and
> save a trip to town. If you have a smart phone you can
> look things up wherever you are.
> It isn't about knowing less, it's that we know different
> things because different things are important to us. It is
> important (IMO) if you are hiking in unfamiliar territory
> that you should know basic navigation in case your GPS
> batteries die but people went into the woods without map
> skills before there were GPS units. That's not new and
> I've even heard some AT thru-hikers argue that maps were
> unnecessary. The fact that some people don't know some
> things that I consider important doesn't mean that humans
> in general know less than in the past.
It's sorta like most of our knowledge is on CD-roms instead
of the hard-drive. Like we're eating M&Ms instead of carrots.
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