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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the article is funfdamentally correct
by unclefester on Tue 9th Oct 2012 02:32 UTC
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Many hunter-gatherer socities don't even have words for numbers above five or ten. They only need to know general quantities eg a few, many, or a huge amount.

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