Monday, July 17, 2006

Upside down, downside up

I also subsequently gave to the RIMC library another poster, this was a map of Southasia brought out by the magazine Himal (published from Kathmandu).

This map was shown with south on the top, and north on the bottom.

On one of my RIMC visits, a boy turned the map upside down, to correspond to what he knew and perceived as correct. So I had the opportunity to put it south side up again, and tell him that this was how it should be in this case, that we should think about the relative-ness of all that we know and accept uncritically, that things could appear very different from another frame of reference, and that the purpose of this different map in the school library was to remind him of this.

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