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Old 08-09-2018, 12:34 PM
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Old 08-09-2018, 12:40 PM
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Just look at the map, honey. Let me know where the next exit is. What number, how many miles. The navigator is very important. I have snacks and drinks to consume before our destination. Throw me a bone here.
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What is unpleasant? Worthless article..
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What is unpleasant? Worthless article..
Because Gallagher write it?
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Old 08-09-2018, 04:41 PM
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Let the phone do it.
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They know how to use the apps on their phone.
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I've got no idea how much can be attributed to innate abilities and how much can be blamed on what you learn but developed world = better navigators makes sense to me. If your whole world is between the hut and the waterhole, you don't need much navigation in your life. If you have the ability to go (car, plane, train, boat) somewhere far away, knowing where you are going is helpful. I think the same type of reasoning could be used to differentiate men and women (at least in the developed world). If your world is getting out and doing things, you'll "navigate" there. If your life is wrapped up in dresses and shoes, you'll navigate to the mall.
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It's kind of like backing a trailer. Logical reverse-logic. A typical woman's brain does not work that way and the harder they try, the more they turn the wrong the way making it worse, which makes them try harder leading to turning the wrong way even more.

Actually, the phone apps revolutionized women's ability to navigate cross country. Too bad there's not an app for trailer backing.
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Men are inherently better at remembering space, time, distance and landmarks. Women are much better at remembering what you did wrong 10 years ago and how to present it to you again and again and again.
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It's kind of like backing a trailer. Logical reverse-logic. A typical woman's brain does not work that way and the harder they try, the more they turn the wrong the way making it worse, which makes them try harder leading to turning the wrong way even more.

Actually, the phone apps revolutionized women's ability to navigate cross country. Too bad there's not an app for trailer backing.
Looks like Ford has an app for that:
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There a number of reasons both biological and social.
Think historically. Men would be the hunters, traveling far from the village to hunt game. Relying on the magnetite in their sinus to help orient to magnetic north is thought to have been crucial in this ability. Women would gather near to the village and use situational markers. This is still evident today. When you ask a women for directions they use situational markers. “Drive this way until you see a church and a big blue house, turn right at the next road...” Men navigate more directionally “Drive north for about 2 miles and turn right on Park Dr....”
I know at some point I read that men have more magnetite than women but can’t remember the source and am too lazy at this point to cite so you can take that as you may but the other facts stand and are more than anecdotal. Their are obviously exceptions but make and femal brains operate very differently.

That article and study finding are pure BS are biased towards a social finding. I’d expect that to have come from Berkeley.
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  • Denmark, Finland and Norway have the world's best navigational skills - possibly down to their "Viking blood"
That was very interesting for me, indicating that it is a skill that when developed can be passed down through generations....
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I'm half Norwegian and can walk around a mall with many legs and turns and always know which way is north. It amazes my wife, she thinks my parents use to leave me in the woods when I was a toddler to practice finding my way home.
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Women base navigation skills on the nearest place to squat. Men tend to wait until they get where they are going. As we men get older they lose the ability to navigate due to incontinence. Hard to navigate when all you can think about is how close to the nearest rest stop or clean restroom.
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I didn't read the article yet.
However, do not, I repeat, Do Not hand my wife a map or ask her to look at google maps and navigate while you are driving. You will not get to your destination by her directions. 100% wrong in 18 years.
I now just memorize my route. Helps when you are on a motorcycle.
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I'm half Norwegian and can walk around a mall with many legs and turns and always know which way is north. It amazes my wife, she thinks my parents use to leave me in the woods when I was a toddler to practice finding my way home.
Same here. Half Norwegian also. When driving in a strange area at night or cloudy day, I can tell if I'm going in the wrong direction, somehow. I know I have at least a little bit of an internal compass. Not sure if I am sensing the direction, or if I am keeping track of turns. Either works.
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A map just offers them too many decisions to make.
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My wife likes to play navigator whenever we go somewhere. I have to make sure I know exactly where we are going beforehand, or she will get us lost.
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I had trouble navigating through the BS in that article.
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When I have my wife play navigator I could give her a map or a blank piece of paper and get the same result.
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