Freak or not?

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21. Posted by worldwideG (Respected Member 117 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Greetings Utrecht, the only "freaks" are people unfortunate enough not to be able to study or too lazy to take an interest in countries. As beerman says, many people in the U.S can't find North America on the map which is pretty sad. Fair enough if they don't travel outside the states much given the variety of ladscapes and activities thay can do in their own backyard, but some can't even find their own country! I studied development and economics at uni for 3 years which involved in depth analysis of politics, societies and economics. I have taken this knowledge with me on my travels and am glad to be able to see what life is like in some of the countries i studied. To some extent topography was of interest and i'd like to develop my understanding of this further. Nice to see some like minded people in this world. This is the place to find them!! Oh, and in hostels it seems! On a sad note, being english has limited my desire or ability (i don't know which!) to speak foreign languages which can prove to be a handicap whilst travelling but a smile and pointing/handsignals usually works!! I blame my french teachers in school! All the best, peter

22. Posted by Jimz (Budding Member 34 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Unfortunately, you are correct that people tend to know less and less about the world around them. For example, when Hurricane Katrina devistated New Orleans last year, a significant number of public school students in the U.S. could not accurately locate New Orleans on a map. Aside from political correctness, and teaching to the content of standardized testing, I am not sure what is being taught or emphasized in schools, but it certainly has nothing to do with any of the social sciences including history, geography, political science, sociology, or economics. It is a surprise when anyone in a gas station or convenience store knows anything about the neighborhood in which they are working. I suppose it is too much to think those same people would have any knowledge of the County in which they live let alone the State, Nation, or World. Travel can be the best educational experience one's life, but only if the person or persons involved open their eyes and minds to what is around them.


23. Posted by Gelli (Travel Guru 2457 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Ok, we have got Roda JC, FC Utrecht, PSV and Ajax....any Cambuur fan...

Concordia Delft, if that's any use to you...

I'm another who knows capitals/flags/cities etc, and generally, i know at least some about the history, politics, economy etc as well, although it is rare. I've lost count of teh number of conversations i have overheard or been involved with wihich have ended up with me rolling about on the floor in laughter at peoples ignorance or stupidity about placs in general, or the country they are currently in. It's scary that some of these people even managed to leave the country (although a fair number, to be honest, do admit they don't know, are a bit ashamed, and willing to learn)

24. Posted by pfeiffer (Full Member 211 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Quoting Utrecht

I know most of the countries capitals for example and can name several cities in most countries. On the other hand, I don't know much about politics or economy of a country.

Hi Utrecht,

I thought that this was called "geography". Topography deals with the landforms and physical features rather than political divisions and designations (such as capitals of countries).

Kevin Pfeiffer (in the topographically flat city of Berlin)

25. Posted by Cupcake (Travel Guru 8468 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

This is what the dictionary has to say about Geography

ge‧og‧ra‧phy  /dʒiˈɒgrəfi/
–noun, plural -phies.
1. the science dealing with the areal differentiation of the earth's surface, as shown in the character, arrangement, and interrelations over the world of such elements as climate, elevation, soil, vegetation, population, land use, industries, or states, and of the unit areas formed by the complex of these individual elements.
2. the study of this science.
3. the topographical features of a region, usually of the earth, sometimes of the planets.
4. a book dealing with this science or study, as a textbook.
5. the arrangement of features of any complex entity: the geography of the mind.

and Topography
to‧pog‧ra‧phy  /təˈpɒgrəfi/
–noun, plural -phies.
1. the detailed mapping or charting of the features of a relatively small area, district, or locality.
2. the detailed description, esp. by means of surveying, of particular localities, as cities, towns, or estates.
3. the relief features or surface configuration of an area.
4. the features, relations, or configuration of a structural entity.
5. a schema of a structural entity, as of the mind, a field of study, or society, reflecting a division into distinct areas having a specific relation or a specific position relative to one another.

I could not find a term for the study of capitals. :)

26. Posted by pfeiffer (Full Member 211 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

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[ Edit: Edited at Oct 10, 2006 1:01 AM by pfeiffer ]

27. Posted by pfeiffer (Full Member 211 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Quoting Cupcake

I could not find a term for the study of capitals. :)

Capitalography? (I like that.)

I think that would fall under your first definition of geography: "...or states, and of the unit areas formed." Topography I would tend to associate with map-making and physical features (even more or less abstract ones such as borders or city limits). Of course, I suppose the name of a capital is also a feature important to topographers... I'm sticking to "capitalography".

-Kevin (a bad capitalographer)
Kevin Pfeiffer

[ Edit: Edited at Oct 10, 2006 1:02 AM by pfeiffer ]