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    Re: Time-space synaesthia -- a key navigation skill?
    From: John Huth
    Date: 2010 Apr 5, 18:37 -0400
    Following up - how did north become "up" on a map?

    Why is it that for modern maps, north is up, east is right, west is left, but on a star chart, east is to the left and west is to the right?

    On Mon, Apr 5, 2010 at 7:55 AM, Frank Reed <FrankReed@historicalatlas.com> wrote:

    Paul, I have to say, I saw the subject line of this message via the NavList "Twitter feed" on my phone while I was driving. I didn't read the actual message (since I was driving!) but my immediate thought was "that sounds like something Doctor Who would say... 'They've been afflicted by time-space synaesthesia!' " And now I finally open the message and the writer from "New Scientist" says "Time Lords walk among us". Very funny. :-)

    As for seeing the calendar as a circle, or a spiral, I find these studies highly suspect. How do you ask that question without feeding the subject the information you're looking for? And besides, how many artistic representations of time have used such imagery? The sample is tainted! LOL. But here's one for you: when you picture directions to get from your house to your friend's house across town, do you picture a map viewed from overhead? Or do you picture a list, like a recipe, giving turn-by-turn directions? It used to be the case, and maybe still is, that literary-minded people see a list while mathematically-minded people see a map. Not suprising, I guess. I bet most NavList members see a map viewed from overhead.


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