Part One

Just like colours, numbers are human names which classify the discrete parts of a spectrum. Colours name areas of the electromagnetic spectrum. Numbers name the discrete parts of a spectrum of ratios and quantitative relationships between physical phenomena – the ‘stuff of the universe’. And just as ‘bigger’ and ‘smaller’ are words from our abstract language system, they name relationships between things –relationships which can be objectively quantified in reality. They are names based on our understanding of the physical reality which we inhabit.

The number system is a description, a classification, a naming.

What we call the number 1 is not some abstract, ephemeral concept which only exists in human consciousness without any connection to the ‘real’ world… it is a name, a description, a classification. And what it names has a definite, physical reality. It names the physical property of ‘existence’.

If we accept the fact of ‘existence’ (which I hope we all do) then we should accept the quantity of existence is the equivalent to the human number 1. The truth value for existence = +1.

Hence 1 is a name for the fundamental physical property of existence – something exists. It may be 1 apple, 1 planet, 1 species, 1 Higgs’.

More than this, 1 is the name for the very first fundamental property of reality – reality exists. Every other aspect of physics is predicated on this truth.

Part Two

If there is 1 sum total of existence, it follows logically (and can be confirmed by observation) that this sum total of existence can be (actually is) divided and subdivided into constituent parts. And each part exists as a discrete part of the sum total. There is 1 of each part. Those parts may have similar properties, such as a group we call ‘protons’ – but each proton is an individual object, distinct from the other protons. Each is 1 proton. Each individual proton shares every property but 1 with other protons – they are each discrete from other protons in the property of location.

Protons can group together in areas. Each is discrete from the next in location, but their discrete locations are grouped close together in discrete areas.

A hydrogen molecule has a single proton in the area of its nucleus. A helium molecule, twice that – 2 protons grouped in its nuclear area. The difference (and the relationship) between the quantities of protons grouped in the nuclear areas of those hydrogen and helium atoms is named by humans as being the difference between 1 and 2. And this difference of quantities is the very definition of their difference in physical properties, their being distinctly different chemical elements… a relationship that defines their very difference in nature.

Part Three

Existence is. And if existence ‘exists’ (as it were), if we accept there is such a thing as existence – then everything which exists is part of existence. There is a single existence, a sum total of existence.

It is important to understand that ‘our’ universe is not necessarily the sum total of existence. Some theories suggest parallel universes. They may exist, they may not. But if they do – they are parts of the sum total of existence. If there are two parallel universes, they each make up a half of the sum total of existence. And if there are infinite parallel universes, they are each an infinitenessimal fraction of the sum total of existence. The point is – no matter how many parallel universes exist, if they exist they are by definition part of the sum total of existence.

Because people love playing with language (even the physicists – and especially the mathematicians!) it’s best to make clear: While to some it will be self-evident, but sophists might want to try and suggest ‘parallel sum totals of existence’ which is a self-contradictory phrase, an oxymoron.

teh theory proposes that existence is dividing into more and smaller constituent parts (or more constituent parts are becoming observable AS constituent parts, over time).

Parallel or not, existence divides into two halves, four quarters. The properties of the parts are at the first, most fundamental level – values of quantity, ratio: Two halves. A relationship is established, this half and that half. First half and second half. Each half is discrete from the other, but the two are connected by being parts of the whole.

But all the classification of the fundamental physical properties of existence, at its most basic – and fundamental level – is numerical. We can name the parts. We can define their fundamental property – they exis. We can distinguish their various quantities and locations.

1 existence… 2 halves… 3 spatial dimensions…

Numbers name the ratios and relationships of the constituent parts of the sum total of existence.