Page Number: 84

Scale Without Reference

June 11th, 2004

PAGE FOOTNOTES:  Our minds compute scale based on reference to background and surroundings. Against the backdrop of an infinite void, such as the sky, scale is literally impossible to judge. The best any person can do is recognize a known object, and remember the size of it. If the distance to the object is known, then it is possible to use two seperate viewpoints to compute scale, but poor Heliotrope does not have a partner out there in the clouds, and in any case, she has no way to know exact distance. Misjudging scale is easy in such a case.

For this reason, I always reject any size estimate of any unknown object seen in the sky, guessed at by any person. Unless the skyborne object is known, no person can claim to know the size of it with no references to measure against.

By Jennifer Diane Reitz

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