Terra incognita (with “incognita” stressed on the second syllable) is the Latin term for “unknown land”, used in cartography for regions that have not been mapped or documented. The equivalent on French maps would be terres inconnues (plural form), and some English maps may show Parts Unknown.
Similarly, uncharted or unknown seas would be labeled Mare incognitum, Latin for “unknown sea”.
An urban legend claims that cartographers labelled such regions with “Here be dragons”. Although cartographers did claim that fantastic beasts (including large serpents) existed in remote corners of the world and depicted such as decoration on their maps, only one known surviving map, the Lenox Globe, in the collection of the New York Public Library , actually says “Here be dragons” (using the Latin “hic sunt dracones”).  Terra incognita may also refer to the imaginary continent Terra Australis.
During the 19th century terra incognita disappeared from maps, since both the coastlines and the inner parts of the continents had been fully explored.
The phrase is now also used metaphorically by various researchers to describe any unexplored subject or field of research.
I added the “T” for a affirmative statement of the There Be Dragons as a question at hand?
“Here be dragons” is a phrase used by cartographers to denote dangerous or unexplored territories, in imitation of the infrequent medieval practice of putting sea serpents and other mythological creatures in blank areas of maps.
The earliest known use of this phrase was in the Latin form “HC SVNT DRACONES” (i.e. hic sunt dracones) on the Lenox Globe (ca. 1503-07). The term appeared on the east coast of Asia. Earlier maps contain a variety of references to mythical and real creatures, but the Lenox Globe is the earliest one to bear this phrase.
So you got to know that with a statement like, What are the Odds, we might have a truly based reasoning that underscores the importance of presenting the work toward the answer for every statement that causes uncertainty? Not assigning Dragons to unknown territories in terms of new information.
I just want to point out something that has crossed my mind in terms of our past. That in the ole European identification processes names were given to people by the places they had inhibited.
IN the “Bloggery world” such titles it seems ring true, as we say the name of the person and the the title of the blog respectively? How ancient this idea then to bring such a idea to mind here and the histories to the tongue. Try saying this once, twice and as many times as you like, let it roll off your tongue…..”Bee and Stefan of Backreaction,” or “Clifford of Asymptotia.” Yes, it has a ring to it doesn’t it:)
Okay, so where am I going with this?
The End of the World Scenarios?
In a paper published in 2000 with the title “Might a Laboratory Experiment Destroy Planet Earth?” Francesco Calogero, a nuclear physicist at the University of Rome and co-winner of the 1995 Nobel Peace Prize for his work with the Pugwash conferences on arms control, deplored a tendency among his colleagues to promulgate a “leave it to the experts” attitude.
“Many, indeed most, of them,” he wrote, “seem to me to be more concerned with the public relations impact of what they, or others, say and write, than in making sure that the facts are presented with complete scientific objectivity.”
What is in the fate of hands who will determine how secretive this world will become Dorigo. That while they advocate their positions on what is shared by our scientists, what can now be brought to bear on the “false thoughts and illusions” that new stories are forever created, while the true sources of knowledge are being clouded?
Do we know better?
Observing a Scientist in Action
Even I can be harsh in my criticisms, and it is my family trait, that when you come from a very large family you tend to care for those less advantaged then others. It’s just part of the psychology that we bring to bear, as if a mother taking care of their young, could turn into teachers, “who take are of their students.”
In response too “So What Are the Odds?” by Clifford of Asymptotia:)
From “stringevangelism” to “Frank common sense,” you’ve gone to great lengths? But this time, you may have gone to far with these Draconian measures. 🙂
The mystic in science is always the infancy of something much more profound? So now being so much more analytical? So easy to denounce our pre-understanding of the larger possibilities, and pass it off to the experts. Then we have all our answers set in stone. Yes!
It is always safer to scoff at what we now determined as safe, but then, who of us hasn’t realized that with more knowledge we understood something more? With the reports I had read to update I realized there were a lot of scientists who just did not know what was being talked about, while at Cern, they were quick to dispel what proposals were set forth with the uncertainties. These were respectable attempts at informing the public. There were reports on strangelets that were answered and these were taken seriously.
Least we forget how unsettling the “God particle was” while the Fly’s eye was in it’s infancy? You see, this is the way of it, and this is the way that those who condemn, light the fires of opposition to what should or should not be revealed to the public.
It is our nature to call this thing a Geon possibly? It’s clue to our saying goodbye to men who dream up the nature of things. Should we forget how those who denounced the avenues of string theory were quick to spell out where the genus figures left off, are now much further then some of our good scientists previously understood?
Storms in teacup I, II III, etc…. for sure.:) You were much nicer to the child on the bus.
How wise and prudent our words when there are young ears around to hear,and I have often be scolded by my wife for forgetting about the children. The circumstance in which I am working. So it is not hard to see the reverberations of my not being careful in what I’ve seen of the children of late whose language has become the reiteration of the circumstance in which they are raised.
So can I say that the young in mind are adults whose ears are listening as well, in the matters of their age, are the students of the process and are listening as well?
Beware of the symbolism then used by Dennis Overbye to further this “scoffing at of the ridiculous.” These too have a lasting impression. Least we destroy the characters of our heros? See Sir Isaac Newton again for comparisons of what ill fate would be assigned to the ones who reached for the light ,and saw all it’s possibilities?
The Devil is In the Details?
So yes there are the creative writers who embellish the situation that help create this hysteria of the uncertainty. Who also bring forth such lovely stories of the fictional that we can somehow relate these events in our time as above?
While the “true cast” is here? 🙂
Mirror world or Alice in Wonderland, we have a unique way of adding the incredibility to the credible?
See: Backreaction: Terra Incognita