Wednesday, September 11, 2013

The Fight Against Immappancy

(Immappancy: insufficient geographical knowledge)

I have the worst spatial relationship skills. You know that game with plastic blocks and each has a different red and white side? The idea is you pull a card with a design that can be made with all the blocks facing the right way. For me, it would take three days to complete and only with someone giving me encouragement.

That inability definitely transfers to maps. I remember a World History lecture where the teacher specifically pointed out the size of England and then size of all of England’s colonies. Pretty amazing.
 We stole countries. That's how you build an empire. We stole countries with the cunning use of flags. Just sail halfway around the world, stick a flag in. "I claim India for Britain." And they're going, "You can't claim us. We live here! There's five hundred million of us." "Do you have a flag?" "We don't need a bloody flag, this is our country you bastard!" "No flag, no country! You can't have one. That's the rules... that... I've just made up!” Eddie Izzard

I thought this map was interesting. I knew Africa was big, but not exactly how big.  That is enormous!
"I am prepared to go anywhere, provided it be forward." David Livingstone

Then, if you look at the global population, it is pretty clear there are a bunch of people living in a relatively small part of the globe.
"The government is concerned about the population explosion, and the population is concerned about the government explosion." Ruth Rankin

But this makes it really clear.
"USA Today has come out with a new survey - apparently, three out of every four people make up 75% of the population."  David Letterman.

And this one is even better. Look how shriveled up North and South America are compared to China and India. It makes me wonder, what was it about the ancient environments and cultures that led to such large populations?

"For the of execution of the voyage to the Indies, I did not make use of intelligence, mathematics or maps." Christopher Columbus
"I have not told half of what I saw." - Marco Polo
 "I love to travel but I hate to arrive.' - Hernando Cortez

#Map #Travel

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