Comment on left side, right side, upside down

folkert Tue, Jul 10, 2007
Indeed a peculiar situation. Apparently, the north=up convention came a few centuries ago when European navigators started using the North star and the magnetic compass. Before that, the top of the map was to the East which is where the word orientation comes from.

Simultaneously, I think that emerging societies would need conventions like these, otherwise local (let alone global) organization would be impossible. I agree that it seems confined, but it is also simply a set of restrictions necessary to create a functioning civilization. And yeah, outer space will need an entirely new set of conventions to begin to map the territory which I would think are being put into place by the early explorers, like those Northern hemispherians did on Earth a couple hundred years ago.