posted on Aug, 3 2013 @ 10:36 AM
Originally posted by neformore
reply to post by Hadrian
The world may have been a very different place had equal projection been taught all these years.
Its certainly a more humbling view of the world when we see things on an equal footing and maybe geopolitical sensibilites and world politics would be
Well, maybe. There's a lot of assumption in that. I don't necessarily disagree, but without any evidence, I would caution myself to assume that
the motivation behind a significant portion of the field of cartography was to create and preserve western hegemony.
While that may or may not have been an unintended consequence (or perhaps a small contributor to a larger set of influencing factors), I think it's
important to recognize that there is an intent behind these distorted views that rely more on trying to display the impossible transition from the
spherical to the flat or mapmakers understandably showing a world that radiated out in all directions from a central point that represented the world
they new or seemed to be reasonable.
I specifically remember my fourth grade teacher explaining, for example, Mercator projections and why they exist ... and why Greenland appeared not
only so freaking big, but monstrously big compared to other comparable land masses. I also remember the world map posted on the classroom wall that
had two Indias (and other countries) on it (one on each side) in order to better show the relationship between different areas of the world when
attempting to display them on a flat piece of paper that ends at a certain point, unlike the globe.
The evidence, to me, seems to point more to practicality than a conspiratorial notion to effect geopolitics.