Read here about "fiction," an important concept to the study of scale, in that it is an enduring genre of human communication that, although is declared to be "not true", enables people to reach very "true" and deep understandings of the world around them. Scalometers are similar in that they distort reality, so fiction is a critical term and concept in scale studies.

References to the truth of fiction

"Fiction reveals truth that reality obscures." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Fiction mirrors truth” - anon.

Scale Issues Referred To As Fiction

"Eames calls [his film] National Aquarium a 'fiction of reality,' and like the best fictions it is more meaningful than its reality. The film “seems to be a fiction more real—more immediate—than the object it portrays.” (Poetry of Ideas by Paul Shrader)

Frank Jacobs, a popular expert on maps, wrote “Every map holds a promise, and hides a lie. Cartography purports to represent reality, so the map reader can navigate the world. But maps only exist because their makers manipulate reality, if only by selecting what to show. Maps always represent some kind of truth, but never the whole truth.” (Citation: Then We Take Berlin: When East Ate West, Frank Jacobs on May 9, 2011, 8:39 PM, accessed 14 May 2011 1840 GMT)