I'm looking for an expression for venturing into an experiment with unknown consequences without much knowledge. I vaguely remember there was something from ancient Greece or in Latin that was signifying that.

  • Are you looking for an actual Latin expression (like et cetera for "and so on") or an English word with Latin roots (like experiment from Latin experimentum)?
    – James K
    Commented May 8, 2020 at 11:34
  • @JamesK yes, that would be a plus Commented May 8, 2020 at 13:08
  • Keep in mind that Titles are for titles, and questions belong in your question. That portion of the Contributor's Guide to ELL explains why in a bit more detail.
    – ColleenV
    Commented May 8, 2020 at 14:38
  • (Actually this answer that is linked to indirectly in the posts I mentioned above is the most relevant guidance)
    – ColleenV
    Commented May 8, 2020 at 14:45
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    "fools rush in (...where angels fear to tread)"? That's the usual device for expressing someone engaging in an experiment where they know little, not even the possible consequences.
    – Steve
    Commented Jun 17, 2023 at 8:43

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Maybe this would fit:
American Heritage Dictionary "heuristic" (2)

  1. Of or constituting an educational method in which learning takes place through discoveries that result from investigations made by the student.

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