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Geometry without language


The always fascinating Future Feeder points out a story in the January 20th issue of Science, about a tribe in Brazil’s Amazon jungle which has no language for geometry but still understands it, in some cases as well as American adults. (Although as an American adult, I’m not really sure that’s actually saying much. -Eric)

There’s something a little satisfying in knowing that the human mind is capable of intuitive leaps with or without a huge societal support structure in place to coddle it.

link is here; NY Times article is here.

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