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Map as territory

Last updated Mar 9, 2023 Edit Source

“Our maps are still maps, approximating the landscape of truth from the territories of the knowable — incomplete representational models that always leave more to map, more to fathom, because the selfsame forces that made the universe also made the figuring instrument with which we try to comprehend it.” Source

See also: abridged maps (To Live in their Utopia), Seeing like a State

# Instead of Oracles


“When I first began tinkering with a software program that eventually gave rise to the idea of the World Wide Web, I named it Enquire, short for  Enquire Within upon Everything, a musty old book of Victorian advice I noticed as a child in my parents’ house outside London.

ENQUIRE was influenced by a book that claimed to be an oracle - to have the answer for every question, to promise the ‘suggestive magic’ that so excited the young Berners-Lee. But that promise was ultimately unfulfilled. Berners-Lee recognised that what he needed to build was not an oracle but a map - a web of paths and connections linking information and guiding users as they research, not an all-knowing entity that gives us a single answer.

See also: search as oracle