jerry c. sand once said “if you measure something you turn it into something else”.
for some time i ought to think thats the way things are, thats the way you could describe the world to your children. pretty simple indeed. everything is measured out for you. laid out for you. hard facts are hard to ignore. on top of each inch of terrestrial soil is a thick layer of measurements and on the other hand various tools to do see and use those measurements. underneath this layer you would then be able to find the main material, — the actual matter — the real stuff.
but to get to that layer underneath the measured out layer you would have to strip of the upper layer. how to do that though? by digging you might find matter, but all this matter is drained with measurements. as far as your eye can see, every spot is covered in it.
astronauts have found a way to do it the other way around. not by cutting through the measured layer but by going as far away from it as possible. an astronaut for the russian soyuz tm-3 once said: “from space i saw earth-indescribably beautiful with the scars of natural boundaries gone”.
taking on the part of an alien observer might work for some but for others the globe would still be covered in a massive grid.
so how else to find that zero-layered-matter? how to get rid of the measurement?
if you measure a circular stone it certainly does feel as you’d add something to the stone. you add a size, a certain size even, one that would imply big or small and further you’d add, of course, the stone. so you have already a big or small stone. so its not just a stone anymore its a stone with an exact size.
if we think of stones just as stones or lets say a stone just being a stone, or even better a stone as a stone. where can you find that stone as a stone? thats really hard to find. it looks like we know all stones already. they all got names, sizes or origin. i cant think of any stone just called stone. there might be stones we don’t know but then those stones are named: “uncategorized stone”. never could they be just called “stone”.
so yeah they make things uncategorized. they do that. not just with stones. with species too for example. there is a pretty big amount off uncategorized stuff in the world of terrestrial species, in fact, we actually have less species categorized then uncategorized….while the number of all catalogued species makes up 1.7 million the number of unknown species is estimated at 5 to 30 million.
still we’re not closer to the real stuff if we say “uncategorized”. things are uncategorized stuff, but not ever “just stuff”… maybe the closest to “just stuff” could be the stuff we call: “unknown” or the “not yet known”… so it might only be possible to imagine the zero layered matter in some far away future. here the stone (for that matter) could become just a stone again. this common idea of a future where matter takes over again. where natural forces eventually swallow up all man made material.
i do know some people that think that deep in its inner core the stone knows (and thats how we know) that it will always stay just a stone. cause what does the stone care for if people do whatever people do with stones? beyond all measurements and all the grids, the material doesn’t loose any of its original substance. no matter how many measurements are made, the stone it seems, will triumph over each metric system to come.
so its like a battle. stone vs. measurement. those two forces, two entities, that seem to battle for their rights and recognition. sometimes they work together sometimes they don’t… but they never really seem to be quite connected, not to well fused… at most a sort of balance act.
running into each other, bumping into each other, bouncing – building – layers…
in the end it might be best described this way: hundreds of binoculars on top of each other, looked into from the wrong side, now everything far away is even more far away and not as supposed to, closer. looking through hundreds of those you would be able to see the whole universe forgetting that you are standing on top of the measured out grid and thus slip right through it….
but still the questions is: who measured who? did we really measured the stone or did the stone measured us by throwing us back towards ourself, by blocking us off, not letting us into his core, only allowing us to measure its surface? did the matter turned us into a grid? did we fail to turn the matter into a grid? or do they might even be cut from the same tree?
2 bonus anecdotes: (about somewhat sloppy measurements even though they are officially recognized)
the official center of the world
the official center of the world was founded by a frenchman in california, usa. this center of the world is the only center of the world officially recognized as such by the imperial county board of supervisors. and this despite the fact that it could be said that the surface of a spherical planet could have an infinite number of centers.
nasa’s official name list of mercury’s craters
under the auspice of the international astronomical union (iau) which set up the working group for planetary system nomenclature (wgpsn), the task of naming features on a specific planetary body in the solar system was executed. on mercury for instance, the outcome was that every crater had been named after an influential artist, composer, or writer.
the cultural figures were each assigned to one crater. the most popular figures occupy the largest crater. beethoven is on top of the list with a 643 km sized crater while van gogh is sitting in the shadow of the big composer with just 104 km.
below the entire list of mercury’s craters, (provided by the always reliable cabinet magazine).