A Calculating Mind
It all adds up: Evolution wired our minds for math.
Numbers make modern life possible. “In a world
without numbers,” University of Rochester
neuroscientist Jessica Cantlon and her colleagues
observed in the journal Trends in Cognitive Sciences,
“we would be unable to build a skyscraper,
hold a national election, plan a wedding, or pay
for a chicken at the market.”
The central role of numbers in our world testifies to the brain’s uncanny ability to recognize
and understand them—and Cantlon is among
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