[Mark]”…Codfish Islands was infested with feral cats. In other words, cats that have returned to the wild.”
[Doug]”I always think that’s an artificial distinction. I think all cats are wild cats. They just act tame if they think they’ll get a saucer of milk out of it…”
— Douglas Adams and Mark Carwardine, Last Chance to See
For something to exist, it has to be observed.
For something to exist, it has to have a position in time and space.
And this explains why nine-tenths of the mass of the universe is unaccounted for.
Nine-tenths of the universe is the knowledge of the position and direction of everything in the other tenth. Every atom has its biography, every star its file, every chemical exchange its equivalent of the inspector with a clipboard. It is unaccounted for because it is doing the accounting for the rest of it, and you cannot see the back of your own head.*
Nine-tenths of the universe, in fact, is the paperwork.
*Except in very small universes.
— Terry Pratchett, Thief of Time
(that paperwork statement feels so true in so many things…)
Today, after all, is 10/10/10 or 101010 or 42. Douglas Adams fans would see it right away.