The Second Consciousness
The art of counting finite things precedes civilization itself. It is simply inconceivable that primitive hunter-gathers had no sense of number. Even the higher animals, the warm-blooded predators, arguably have some kind of rudimentary sense of number.
The mortal mind cannot conceive of numbers as purely abstract units, but only as particular numerals, words, or things counted. Therefore numbers do not exist in the mind. But the mind’s discriminatory faculty is the only thing that makes one number different from any other number in its place. Therefore numbers do not exist outside the mind, either. But if numbers do not exist in the mind, nor outside the mind, from whence do they come into being? Numbers exist only insofar as they are feared. They are material things, at least as understood from this planet, and all matter is fear. Continue reading