The Map Is Not The Territory

Today’s helpful reminder comes via this week’s The Whippet (highly recommended):

The Limits of Scale

“And then came the grandest idea of all ! We actually made a map of the country, on the scale of a mile to the mile!”

“Have you used it much?” I enquired.

“It has never been spread out, yet,” said Mein Herr: “the farmers objected: they said it would cover the whole country, and shut out the sunlight ! So we now use the country itself, as its own map, and I assure you it does nearly as well.”

Lewis Carrol – Sylvie and Bruno Concluded

See Also:

The Whippet #144 (above)

Terrible Maps (example below)

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Source: Terrible Maps

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