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Making Sense of Common Sense Knowledge (17 Jan 2004)
I've spent a lot of time studying the cognitive map: knowledge people have of large-scale environments like cities or buildings that they learn through exploration and travel. Some of the most interesting things about the cognitive map are the differences between people. Some people always keep themselves oriented with respect to the compass directions; many others do not. Some people can use the knowledge they have to find routes they have never traveled; others cannot.
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