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: Look at the numerals
by unclefester on Wed 10th Oct 2012 02:19 UTC in reply to "Look at the numerals"
unclefester
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Well, if this were true, I'd expect at least some languages to exhibit at least traits of logarithmic numerals. There are different systems: octal, decimal, duodecimal, you name it, but I'm afraid logarithmic is just not one of them. I call rubbish, in the modern American pseudo-scientific and splendidly pleased with oneself style.


There are logarithmic numerical expressions in all languages - eg small, large, huge.

In pre-agrarian socities there is no real need for precise numerals larger than about 5. It is easy enough to divide food by visual means or describe a distance as "three days walking".

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