With the exception of the neutrino, all of Morton Spears’ particles are composed of three or more particle quanta, and an idea struck me immediately regarding this.
Morton Spears’ quanta must have some sort of texture to them so that they can stick together.
Allowing for this, the strong force that holds atomic nuclei together can be explained entirely in terms of texture. The short reach of the strong force corresponds to the short reach of the textures covering each quantum.
Furthermore, if these textures are such that positive quanta are slightly more reactive than negative ones, then the puzzling difference in size between the electron and the proton can be explained. Protons are larger than electrons because positive quanta are a tiny bit more reactive than negative ones.
For the purpose of illustration, we can use Velcro as an analogy for the two types of textures involved. We can assign hooks to positive quanta and hoops to negative quanta.
Anyone that has played with Velcro knows that hoops don’t react with other hoops, but hooks do react ever so slightly with other hooks. There’s a tiny imbalance in reactivity between hooks and hoops.
As for neutral quanta, I came to the conclusion that they would have to have a surface covered in hooks and hoops in equal measures. This would allow them to interact weakly with both electrons and protons.
The point here isn’t that these quanta are covered in Velcro. The precise nature of the quanta is irrelevant. The point is that they have surface features, and that they stick together in ways that are reminiscent of Velcro.