Is there 2 of something? We compress reality because we must. Therefore, numbers exist. Patterns.

Well… the two pineapples. That’s a little tricky. Depends on how you look at it. We’re humans. We compress knowledge in our brains because we’re incapable of bringing into us all the uniqueness of existence into our tiny little minds.

So, however it works, we compress our sensory data into patterns.

These patterns are expressed as simple lines cognitively, filled in with colors, matched together as best as our brains can do.

We represent these patterns we humans use to comprehend reality with utilizing categories, a stereotyping of reality.

These is something in front of me.
I do not know when they were planted and grown. I do not know the age. I do not know when they will rot. I do not know the molecular configuration of them.

I look at them. My brain cannot comprehend them in their uniquenesses because I don’t have enough data to work with. I don’t have the cognitive capacity to do so. But, the L4 (or is it L5?) in my brain traces an “outline” quickly. It compares them using a NOR “circuit” (not really a circuit – that’s a metaphorical connection – brains are brains, computers are computers, computers are based on brains, which we often forget).

The line-shapes don’t overly conflict making an acceptable compression algorithm possible.

Suddenly, I have two of something.

They are unique yet we humans make them similar because we must. We’re not capable of taking in the Universe in its uniquely continually changing states. We have to stereotype.

So are their two pineapples? For humans? Yes. For lifeforms with numerosity, Yes.

But for an electron? No. For a moon? No.

Do I see 2,393,934,209,384 unique quantum configurations in this thing reflecting colors towards my retina and 2,494,383,209,391 unique quantum configurations in this other thing reflecting colors towards my retina?

No. I can’t.

Therefore, I must compress reality to fit my brain.

Therefore, I must have 2. I can’t have a whole bunch of uniques.

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