The World Doesn`t Look Like You`ve Been Told

Submitted by: caper454 3 years ago in Science

Yet another thing we"ve been lied to about
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Female 2,691
mind officially blown. going out for a bourbon or four. anyone want to come along?
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Male 4,431
Ever seen a satellite photo? What does it look like? When viewing the globe from a fixed orbit (e.g. at the equator), that`s what you`re going to get. It`s no more geopolitically motivated than physics is.
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Male 7,740
llaa-"Teaching from relics is another example of public schools being anachronisms of the industrial age"

Don`t ever forget the skills of the past. You never know when you may need them.

Case in Point: In 1998 the US Navy decided that the use of the sextant for celestial navigation was `obsolete`, so it dropped that course. In a bit of irony, the very same week they drop the course, the Global Positioning System mulfunctioned and was pretty much useless for about a week.
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Male 4,594
I`m with OldOllie 100%. Get a goddam globe if you want no distortion. The distortion thing was explained to us when we were in grade school.
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Male 38,457

reaching piper. Enlgish. The irish Higgins` got the name from their british overlords. They worked their land. Okay, I made that up but it`s pretty darn likely. My granny would slap you into next week if you called her irish.
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Male 14,826
As explained by the Star Trek guy
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Male 1,692
It may have made more sense in the past as a practical map (maps could be made smaller) for naval navigation in the northern hemisphere. Using computers and GPS it about time we teach from newer more accurate maps that are used for today`s navigation.

Teaching from relics is another example of public schools being anachronisms of the industrial age and its about time we change the whole structure into one that creates thinkers and not route learners.

Enterprise kicked ass, loved the Tholian web episodes.
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Male 5,078
Gerry your name mean you are feking Viking! A wondeful gay irish viking that live on the opposite side of the world.
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Male 5,078
For Gerry
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Male 5,078
Gerry1of1...irish! Mwahahaha!
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Male 2,578


This map they`re using is as equally distorted as the Mercator. It`s just more politically correct, I guess? But it`s really no different.

Quite frankly, it makes perfect sense for societies in the North hemisphere to have a map that makes the Northern Hemisphere bigger for, you know, navigational purposes.
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Male 38,457

@ piperfawn - how DARE you call me "irish"! Thems fightin words! My family is from the land of Gin... England!
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Female 4,359
NZ is actually 17.5 times latger than Austrailia, but is misrepresented on all maps due to attitudes surrounding sheep world over.
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Male 5,078
WTF Gerry how you, a feking irish desecndant,can`t recognize that Ireland is not not only the producer of Guinnes but also the producer of very good and fine irish wisky?
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Male 7,740
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Male 7,740
Ah, the dangers and innacuracies of drawing a 3 dimensional world on a 2 dimensional media. Usually cannot be grasped by a 1 dimensional mind.

And, `Social Equality`: Never gonna happen, but it`s promise will lead to the wasting of trillions of tax dollars.
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Male 560
Winkle Triple projection anyone???
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Male 15,832

The Peters projection better maintains area but grossly distorts the shapes of land masses. A better alternative is the
Goode homolosine projection.

Better yet, though, why not just use a globe?
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Male 38,457
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Male 38,457

I loved that show. `West Wing` was great.
P.S. Dr. Phlox rules
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Male 2,578
DavidXJ - it`s just because they made stuff up here. That`s all. In school, we used Robinson projection for most everything, but were told Mercator is better for naval navigation.

Madduck - No, people will believe you. It`s really not that big of a newsflash.
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Male 37,681
Using the better map is a terrific idea! :-)

Flipping it upside down is just silly... :-/
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Male 1,106
So, am I the only one that had geography maps with the "round" versions so that everything was the appropriate size? And if top and bottom are the reason for social inequality, how does this theory account for prosperous first world countries like Australia and New Zealand?
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Male 594
I need to research this...
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Female 7,866
Try telling people how big the Sahara is ( about the size of the USA) and they refuse to believe you... yet another thing to thank Sir Attenborough about I guess!
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Female 511
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