Marco Polo- 13th century Italian explorer- recorded his travels across Asia to China and back
Came across numerous animals and sights he had never seen before and didn’t understand. His recordings show us how we think of things within our own known perspectives
MARCO POLO’S UNICORN
“unicorns are scarcely smaller than elephants. They have hair of a buffalo and a single large black horn in the middle of the forehead. They are very ugly brutes to look at…not at all as we describe them to be…”
What was he looking at, that he thought was a unicorn?
THE POINT IS…
Marco Polo used what he knew to understand what he didn’t know