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## Main Question or Discussion Point

When we join sticks together beside each other we get a good picture of addition.

Let "l" symbolize a stick then l+l=ll illustrates 1+1=2

But if we join sticks together to form one long stick, the joining has not the qualities of addition.

Are there guidelines when we apply mathematical operations to objects?

I thought this was a philosophical question but the thread got closed.

If the question on

nor mathematical (I predict this thread gets closed as well) then what kind of question is it?

Let "l" symbolize a stick then l+l=ll illustrates 1+1=2

But if we join sticks together to form one long stick, the joining has not the qualities of addition.

Are there guidelines when we apply mathematical operations to objects?

I thought this was a philosophical question but the thread got closed.

If the question on

__how__we can apply numbers to reality__in a safe way__is not philosophicalnor mathematical (I predict this thread gets closed as well) then what kind of question is it?