A Calculating Mind

It all adds up: Evolution wired our minds for math.

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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 the research...
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