Sitting in Michael's Lap
OK, let's see if I can expound on what I've already said ...
I said that reality is made up of things that are measurable; this does not infer that we have managed to measure everything, nor that we have even discovered all the quantities that can be measured. As far as who does the measuring, well, that depends on where you're standing ... thanks to the magic of safe and efficient means of travel, communication technology which allows us to send our thoughts as words over long distances, and the efforts of (primarily) the scientific community to standardize things, we have developed a means to measure just about every physical quantity known to man. The units of measure in themselves are artificial, of course; but some standard had to be created so that measured quantities could be compared to one another.
The most diehard of scientists might try to tell you that we will eventually discover a means to measure every quantity, be it a person's mass or his breadth of imagination. I, however, believe that this will never come to be because humans are unique in that they are greater than the sum of their parts. We have, for lack of a politically correct word, a "soul" which transcends our biochemical makeup. This is why the more abstract subsets of human psychology are still in their infancy, despite many years of evolution; we can see the behaviors, tabulate and correlate them, but in the end we have no idea what makes the mind work (or not work, as the case may be; while we have established some connections between certain disorders and specific physical abnormalities in the brain, we are still essentially inferring the cause from the effect without much proof).
Argh ... this is becoming an essay, I'd better desist before Ron revokes my ranting license ...
[This message has been edited by Nochtdraco (edited 10-07-1999).]