George, sure 100 degrees would work. It’s just that the calculations would be miserable. Sort of like, I loved it when we had an 8% sales tax but hated it when they changed it to 8.25%. I could add all the taxable items then multiply by 8, divide by 100 and add it to the total while I was in the check-out line. It has to be an appreciably longer line now before I can do that with 8.25.
Humans have been using math since before recorded history, and they’ve found and used those relationships that allowed them to operate more easily and effectively.
Numbers which are made up of products of simpler numbers are extremely easy to use because we can break them down into their factors. 12=2 X 2 X 3, 60= 2 X 2 X 3 X 5.
And there’s nothing special about one of the isotopes of carbon containing six protons and six neutrons, that is, having an atomic weight of twelve. It’s just the same as one of the isotopes of of oxygen has an atomic weight of sixteen. Each of the elements are identified by the number of protons they have in their nucleus. It starts with hydrogen having one proton and ends (naturally occuring ones) with uranium having 92 protons.
One of the things that micturates me off is when people get carried away with ideas based on observations, but with less knowledge of the underlying functioning. A great example, is “Stupid” whoops, sorrry, “Intelligent Design”. If one doesn’t understand statistics and probability and can’t conceive of large numbers, both of individuals and of time, and doesn’t know about how mutations work, one can’t see that evolution is quite reasonable.
Another problem is the idea that we have to have answers for all our questions. “How did the universe come into being?” Saying, “That’s a good question. Let’s gather all our data and have our most brilliant scientists study the bejabers out of it (like Einstein, Hawking, et al) and be satisfied that we don’t know the answer yet, is a hell of a lot more rational than saying, “God did it” without any empirical evidence to back that statement up.
Rant over. (sorry for the multiple lines, Brennen, especially because you said it much more succinctly than I did.)