Quantities are not a human invention.

Early humans saw that things existed in various quantities, and named the various quantities.

When a single thing of a class of things – whether it’s pebbles, people, protons, pears or any other class of physical object – humans name that quantity ‘one’.

The human name ‘one’, or 1, is simply a name for that specific quantity of physical object.

Humans did not invent the quantity which the human number 1 represents.

When there is a quantity of thing, which humans call 1, and it is put together with the same quantity of the same thing… that becomes a quantity which humans call ‘two’, or 2.

But again, humans did not invent the quantity represented by the human number 2, nor did humans invent the numerical relationship which we represent with 1(thing)+1(thing)=2(thing).

1a+1a=2a is a natural law which holds true for *any and every* class of physical phenomena

so the numerical relationship 1+1=2 is a natural law, represented in human language

A quantity of thing which is *represented* by the human number 1, put with another same quantity of same thing, results in a quantity of things *represented* by the human number ‘two’, or 2.

This numerical relationship between the quantities represented by the human numbers 1 and 2, is not a human invention.

This is a natural law of quantity.

If there is a quantity of thing represented by the human number 1, and it’s put with a quantity of the same thing represented by the human number 2, then there is a resulting quantity of things – a quantity represented by the human number ‘three’, or 3.

Again, the quantity of things represented by the human number 3, is not a human invention. The human number 3 is a name, a description.

And the numerical relationships represented in human terms by 1(thing)+2(things)=3(things) is not a human invention.

It is a human description of the natural law of numerical relationships between those quantities.

1a+2a=3a, where ‘a’ represents any class of object, is a natural law, and it follows that all other numerical relationships which can be derived from it are also natural laws.

This is a simple demonstration of how human systems of number are related to the way the natural world is inherently structured.

It is not anthropomorphism to say that human numbers represent physical properties of quantity. Humans did not invent the physical properties of quantity, or the numerical relationships between quantities, just because they invented human systems of number. The numbers are names for quantities, and the relationships between them describe natural laws of the numerical relationships between those quantities.

In the same way, humans did not invent the attractive force between mass when they invented their theories of gravity. The word gravity, and the theories of gravity, name and describe a natural law of gravitational attraction.

This connection between simple number theory and natural laws explains how human maths has become such a useful tool for investigating the physical properties of the universe.

And further to that, it also shows that the rapidly growing connections between number theory and physics are not coincidence, nor the effects of anthropomorphism. These connections exist because number theory is not some abstract human invention which just happened to be consistent with how the structures, behaviours and interactions of physical phenomena ‘work’ in physical reality… number theory is based, from observation, on the *natural* laws of numerical relationships which govern the structures, behaviours and interactions of all physical phenomena.

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