Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 8th Oct 2012 21:54 UTC
In the News "Ask adults from the industrialized world what number is halfway between 1 and 9, and most will say 5. But pose the same question to small children, or people living in some traditional societies, and they're likely to answer 3. Cognitive scientists theorize that that's because it's actually more natural for humans to think logarithmically than linearly." Fascinating. The human brain is such a magical machine.
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RE: Comment by Radio
by Neolander on Tue 9th Oct 2012 10:11 UTC in reply to "Comment by Radio"
Neolander
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It is not overly surprising. Sound intensity, in decibel, is also a logarithmic scale. Star brightness magnitude, defined under ancient Greece by astronomers using only their unaided eyes, has been fitted in modern times to a logarithmic scale.

I've heard in the past that it was because our biological sensors have a logarithmic response to stimuli. In such a case, this proof that thought process too follow logarithmic scales would still be a new, relatively surprising result

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