# Enumeration Without Representation

```I propose this simple, counter-COMP truth:

Without something to enumerate, numbers are meaningless.```
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Two plus two does not 'equal' anything without a fairly extensive list of a
priori meta-artihmetic conditions. As far as I can tell, for two plus two
to equal something, there must be:

Cause and effect
Logic
An experience of counting
A rigid reference body of equivalences
Function
Functional phase spaces which are in some sense independent of the
reference body
A semiotic phase locking function which relates specific functions to the
supreme ultimate reference body
Something which experiences the function as meaningful
Experience
A capacity for participation in experience
A capacity to direct and control experience, i.e. to cause some function to
be enacted as a consequence of another
Reliable memory to switch between functions
Storage for isolating currently enacted functions from accumulations of
sets of tacit functional results.

Lots of things.
In short, in order to have computation, you need... a computer.

The items on this list all supervene on sense. The capacity to detect and
project signal. Computation is a way of using signals to refer to other
signals - figuratively. They are figures. Quantification is a way of
bundling things with other things, but virtually, not literally. There is
no actual bundling unless there is some *thing* doing the computing that

Does a thing have to be a material object? Our imagination suggests that it
does not, although the capacity to imagine is associated with living cells.
We have no experience however with things which are neither physical
objects, subjective experiences, or subjective experiences of physical
instruments interacting with physical objects. There is no experience of
math existing ab initio.

This correlates with our cosmological investigations as well. Contrary to
what we should expect from an inevitable multiverse of every possible
combination of universes, our universe exhibits a distinct lack of
unexplained chaos. It is one thing to expect that we would naturally find
ourselves in one of the many universes which supports our existence, but it
is another thing to extend that to the point that we find ourselves also in
one of the universes which makes sense wherever we look, all of the time.
If anything, the exhaustively granular orderliness of the cosmos defies the
imagination, with each particle of sand requiring a team of trillions of
lucky monkeys to have typed out the right string of ontological
meta-characters, while at the same time synchronizing effortlessly with
global, local, and regional harmonies of order. If all of this happens
without sense, without anything making sense, then it seems infinitely
unlikely that beings such as ourselves who require sense to navigate our
own lives should exist, and exist in such a natural and seamless way to the
rest of the unconscious universal mechanism.

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