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Those are some great observations @RandyE. What you're essentially saying is that we must control for all variables, and at that grand of a scale, physical dimensions (if we consider time a tangible one as well - I certainly would) become fluctuate to an extent that warrants control. I think this can be ascertained by the simple fact that as we increase our scales from the very tiny things, to the very large, or very fast things, time becomes ever-more accessible to our haptic sense when we near the speed of light: The line between time becoming a distance through space to circumvent, and circumventing traditional length, depth or width is ever blurred. It's not like theere's some red line in the sand, so to speak. Those never exist. It's a continuum, and the existence of every particle falls somewhere along that continuum. Therefore, time must be controlled for in the same sense that I exert a minute gravitational pull on you, sitting at your computer. Imperceptible at our present scale, but not so with others.
tl;dr, I once made a joke about a f/0.0 lens (which only another photographer would get) but it got me thinking... What if we could take an instantaneous exposure of the universe? What could we discern from this most objective of wholes? Moreover, it brings me back to that notion of blurring the lines between time and space: What makes for an instantaneous exposure? In this case, I would argue a timeframe which lasts longer than it takes for light to navigate the planck length. But of course, that is impossible without faster-than-light technology (FTL), because that would necessitate the shutter being less than the planck length, and therefore, the image sensor being just as small. Impossible. So then I guess the only resolution is to wait for FTL shutters, but I don't think Sonyfujinon-canikon is innovating that any time soon. Canon can hardly innovate past their 5DMk5 or whatever we're on now...
It has been postulated that human beings are the only things with free will. We can exert our will on other things and approximate free will in simulations.
f/0.0 lens ? Is that the same as forgetting to take the lens cap off?
It seems determinism is always an idea that can defeat free-will simply by asserting that whatever argument opposes it may also have been determined. Its an infinite recursive argument.
So as twisted and convoluted, circular or linear, or hyper-cubical, as we may perceive time, the standard physics idea of an absolute origin of the universe is where all time would be a singular instance at some kind of location --such an instant/location would precede any motion, speed or mass of any matter in space. That's where research must, and yet is, seemingly ultimately focusing on.
What happens if we fire a photon (if we could) through the little pinhole at the absolute origin of the universe?