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THEOREM: Every natural number can be completely and unambiguously 
identified in fourteen words or less. 
PROOF: 
1. Suppose there is some natural number which cannot be unambiguously 
described in fourteen words or less. 
2. Then there must be a smallest such number. Let's call it n. 
3. But now n is "the smallest natural number that cannot be unambiguously 
described in fourteen words or less".  
4. This is a complete and unambiguous description of n in fourteen words, 
contradicting the fact that n was supposed not to have such a description! 
5. Since the assumption (step 1) of the existence of a natural number that 
cannot be unambiguously described in fourteen words or less
led to a contradiction, it must be an incorrect assumption. 
6.Therefore, all natural numbers can be unambiguously described in fourteen 
words or less! 



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