I say FIDDLE STIX:
The PROBLEM IS we assume whole integers REPRESENT ACTUAL THINGS IN THE NATURAL UNIVERSE.
This is not so. There is no ONE THING to be found anywhere in nature and, consequently, there is no 1+1 thing much less a 1+2+3 … thing. One can say the apple sitting on the table in front of me is one thing. But the "oneness" of the apple is solely conceptual, useful for identifying and counting "things" but not factual in the absolute sense.
Why? How can I say that?
Well, the apple is made up of many things: Skin, pulp, core, seeds, stem… to name but a few. Each of these things, in turn, is made up of more things, and each of those is made up of still others on smaller and smaller scales, etc., ad infinitum (so far as we know). Similarly, working the other way around, no "apple" can exist independently of the tree that bore it, nor the genome of which the tree was apart, nor the environment which was home to the genome, onward and outward through time to and through the whole evolutionary process of the physical universe.
No ONE *thing* exists independently of all others, EXCEPT as a concept. All these *things* are conceptual fiddle stix.
What DOES exist in the natural universe is not whole numbers but ratios and relationships. Thus, for example, π (what is called an "irrational" number… well, they are "irrational" from the POV of conceptual 'whole' numbers because they are incapable of expressing them) IS THE SAME (so far as we know) *at every scale of the universe*. Thus, from the POV of what actually IS… π
has a higher 'existence quotient' than the whole number 1.
I suggest what we're really dealing with here is a form of this:
A proportion or ratio that is implicit in sum addition and explicit in the multidimensional forms of the known universe at every scale of its existence.
Of course I'm stoned and haven't a clue what I'm talking about but w/e, this is RJ right?