Parts unknown? Will to know!

 

To point out parts unknown (terra incognita) is an absolutely essential scientific act of pioneering, as the historian Yuval Noah Harari explains in his “Brief History of Humankind”[1]:

"By the discovery of America, Europeans learned to attach greater significance to new findings than to old traditions (…) Not only cartographers but scientists of all disciplines learned to draw maps with parts unknown, something that could not have been drawn before. They learned to admit that their theories were far from being perfect and that there were a lot of things about which they knew nothing whatsoever. Parts unknown exerted a fascination on Europeans and they set about infilling them one after the other."

Thus, in case you should feel irritated about the many parts unkown in the FishEthoBase's findings, please do not point at us. We admittedly did it on purpose – because these unknown parts really are there.


[1] "A Brief History of Humankind“, 2011, chapter 15.
Passage cited and translated from the German edition, 2013, page 353
English edition: "Sapiens. A Brief History of Humankind", 2014.
 

 






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