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Aris Venetikidis on maps in the brain

Here is a nice talk on how we map out our world in terms of getting from Point A to Point B.

The key to making sense of things is simplification.

Firstly, we represent getting somewhere by a series of landmarks. Secondly, no matter how windy a route is from two points our brains represent it as a straight line.

The classic example of successful mapmaking is the London Underground map better known as Beck’s Tube map. The lines and stations are disproportionate but accurate relative to each other. And it is this way of representing space in our minds which Mr Venetikidis talks about in this video and how he applied it to the bus route for Dublin.