That title oughta get people in here…
OK, I’ve been thinking about this for a bit and, while it could be complete BS, I was wondering if it had any validity to it whatsoever.
Are numbers set in stone? Is it a universal constant that whole numbers go 1, 2, 3, 4, etc.? How was it decided that 1+1 = 2? Who decided that 1 would be a whole number?
OK, imagine an intelligent civilization on another planet that has never visited Earth. Whatever they decided to call their numbers, would they have numbers like us? Would they be able to count to ten using the same ten numbers we did? Or is it that our numbers are our own creation and our understanding of the universal conditions is directly related to the numbers we’ve created?
I’m sorry if this doesn’t seem to make sense. If you’re not understanding I’ll try to elaborate further later.