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Last Updated October 7, 2021, 8:23 pm
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Losing your place on the train

How does it happen?

One of the things I've noticed while travelling on the train is the number of people who lose their place momentarily don't know where they are when they peer out the window . They might be reading, listening to music or just daydreaming, when they suddenly realise that they don't know exactly where they are because they haven't been paying attention to the stops. They search the darkness outside anxiously for some familiar pattern in the lights and shadows.

I thought I knew this line!

It's happened to me a couple of times, and it's very disorientating. The odd thing is that you think that you know the line intimately, travelling on it every day. I think that the problem arises because the familiar landmarks are strongly bound up in their linear sequence.


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Recognising where you are seems to be dependent on knowing where you are in the sequence. Even in the daytime, if you lose your place along the sequence, it takes several moments to place what should be very familiar landmarks. Odd.

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