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Zen navigation is a form of navigation, a holistic detection method invented by Dirk Gently.

Rather than using conventional avenues of wayfinding like consulting a map, the Zen navigation method consists of finding someone who looks like they know where they're going and following them. This is supposed to deliver the navigator to their destination, although its results are variable and often unexpected and unintended.

It very rarely gets you where you wanted to go but always where you needed to be.


  • "His method of "Zen" navigation, which was simply to find any car that looked as if it knew where it was going and follow it. The results were more often surprising than successful, but he felt it was worth it for the sake of the few occasions when it was both." --The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul
  • "My primary method of investigation is to follow someone who looks like they know where they're going." --Dirk Gently in Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency, Episode 1.05 Very Erectus