Is the time line relative to the person or relative to the environment? In some Australian Aborigine societies, time moves relative to the environment based on the direction in which the sun rises and sets. Give people from this community a set of photographs structured in time (for example, photographs of a person at different ages or a child eating some food) and ask them to order the photographs in time. People from technological cultures would order the pictures from left to right, most recent photo to the right or left, depending upon how their printed language was written. But people from these Australian communities would order them east to west, most recent to the west. If the person were facing south, the photo would be order...
- 3 Knowledge in the Head and in the World
- from The Design of Everyday Things: Revised and Expanded Edition
- Publisher: Basic Books
- Released: November 2013
Time can also be relative to the environment: eg: as the sun rises and sets (cardinal points)
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