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PsychTalks Stories From the Cosmos: What Indigenous storytelling can teach us about memory, our highways and ourselves

For over 65 000 years, the night sky has served as a map for Indigenous peoples all around the world. Cultures have long grouped stars into familiar patterns and many of these constellations are perceived in strikingly similar ways, despite the cultures being geographically separated.

When: Wednesday, August 14 2019. 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
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Where: Royal Society Victoria
8 La Trobe Street, Melbourne, VIC, 3000
Topic: Space and astronomy
Cost: Free
Bookings: https://psychtalks-storytelling.eventbrite.com.au
Other: Wheelchair access
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For over 65 000 years, the night sky has served as a map for Indigenous peoples all around the world. Aboriginal Australians plotted the absence and presence of stars to develop celestial maps for navigation to survive the harsh Australian landscape. In doing so, Aboriginal Australians built complex knowledge systems using signals from the sky and the landscape to recall and pass on significant knowledge, cultural values and wisdom.

The oral tradition of dreaming and songlines are deeply tied to the Australian landscape and night’s sky, and this form of communication has endured phenomenally with memories being passed down from generation to generation to safeguard an encyclopaedic memory of water holes, walking routes and thousands of species of plants and animals across Australia.

Cultures around the world have long grouped stars into familiar patterns. Curiously, many of these constellations are perceived in strikingly similar ways, despite the cultures being geographically and temporally separated. Could this have something to do with psychological pattern recognition? And can we use the same method to encode our own memories in the modern world?

Contact details:

Amy Bugeja
Email: abugeja@unimelb.edu.au
Phone: 03 8344 1819
Mobile: 0447 586 191

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