Well, as long as there's intelligence of some kind maintaining the formal system and its rules and maxims for manipulating symbols. In the world itself, whether two whirlpools in a lake are really distinct entities (one and one) or already a set of two (one with the lake) and so on as the scene enlarges (or shrinks), depends upon perspective and the motive behind or function of a cognitive discrimination. Which, for that, includes a dedicated preference for consideration of that circumstance from a macroscopic level that doesn't stray beyond the immediate, local surface of the Earth. Oh, I forgot... The universe in general lacks biologically evolved intelligence and isn't an observer or doesn't produce phenomenal visual, auditory, tactile, olfactory, gustatory manifestations and sensations to represent information received from other arrangements(?) of excitations transpiring in quantum fields. Nor understands anything as technical description. It just sort of "is" rather than being of an epistemological or mimetic ilk. Silly me.