Measurement spawns reality; reality is limited by measurement.

 

Measurement spawns existence.

 

But, human existence, human comprehension of such, for tools of measurement are ultimately constructed solely by us, and reflections of our human point of view, at least on planet Earth.

 

Tools of measurement cleverly conform the radical nature of reality to our sensory context. Whether it’s a yardstick, a scale, a clock, a ruler, a speedometer, matters not for these instruments all perform the same function: they sieve wild, feral nature into compartments of measurement which humans have solely designed, even refined, over the breadth of their existence, measurements which have the common basis that which we can directly discern with our bodily senses.

 

As such, our instruments are limited by our mortal experience and lack the extrasensory detectors required to measure those many hidden facets of existence that lapse into quantum dimensions imperceptible to our daily life. Instruments of measure are, by nature, merely extensions of the physical senses we know and experience.

 

Measurement spawns existence, but only as we know it from our human shell.

 

Nowhere is this more apparent than in the measurement of time. Time has no visual markers. We do not visually, directly perceive the span of time other than diagrams or numbers or timeline representations,  but in daily reality, we can’t look out the window and see 15 minutes literally “march by.” Time can only be determined by the parallel markers of other physical elements in relation to each other. The revolutions of planets, the radioactive decay of an element, the sweep of a clock’s hand; representations and nothing else. The measurement of time gives it a dreamy reality, a mysterious hidden subjectivity. But measuring it spawns its existence.

 

Given the limited nature of human measurement tools, one wonders what the “true” values of reality are, the values that would exist if humans and their instruments of measure did not exist, or for time, if none of the environmental elements used to derive its passage existed. In the absence of scales and clocks, or mankind, what is the elemental value of reality? Do objects existing throughout the span of reality possess the innate form as we familiarly perceive?

 

The act of weighing an object presupposes mass and gravity. But do mass and gravity fully explain anything other than that which we comprehend with our eyes and our sense of touch? We measure the length of a stick based on a two-dimensional span of physical occupation that our eyes can perceive and beg to define, but is that how a stick exists, truly, without our desire to perceive it as a “length” of something? Theoretically, would an alien race, one that has evolved entirely different senses due to alien environmental input and demands, see, perceive, and thus measure the stick in a manner entirely incomprehensible to us? Would an alien race perceive length as we perceive the invisible span of time?

 

Measurement spawns only our existence. Measurements translate cosmic and quantum vagaries to the confined strata of human perception and nothing more.

 

How does a man remove himself from his own perceptual limitations in order to accurately gauge the reality through an unfiltered lens, one untarnished by his physical senses?

 

Rather than contemplating the thought exercise of what would physical reality look like without mankind’s existence, I would like to take it one step further.

 

What would physical reality look like if at one moment, all of mankind’s knowledge and memory of measurements and existing tools of such, vanished from existence?

 

What if mankind awoke one day and found he lacked all memory of measurement and sensory definition?

 

All instruments likewise, cleared form reality. Even cars would merely have a blank space where the speedometer once displayed. How would we see reality; more appropriately, how would we slowly reformulate a new paradigm of measurement by which to conform our new reality to the scope of our restrictive physical senses?