Sunday, October 24

Why Animals Recognize Numbers But Only Humans Can Do Mathematics


  • Silke Goebel
  • The Conversation*

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Counting is easy for adults, and they are unlikely to remember when or how they acquired this useful and seemingly automatic skill.

However, when you think about it, counting is an extraordinary invention.

It helped early humans trade, distribute food, and organize fledgling civilizations, laying the foundation for life as we know it today.

But the sensitivity to numbers is not exclusively human.


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