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Born to Survey!

Posted by Dave Smith On 1/21/2006 08:40:00 PM 0 comments


MSNBC discusses an article to be published by the American Association for the Advancement of Science, describing a study of Munduruk├║ villagers in the remote Amazon.

Using a series of nonverbal tests, scientists claim to have uncovered core knowledge of geometry in villagers from a remote region of the Amazon who have little schooling or experience with maps and speak a language without the
mathematical language of geometry.


The researchers had the villagers examine series of pictures and were ask to pick out ones that "were odd", and the researchers' conclusions were that the villagers had innate concepts of such things as isosceles verus equilateral triangles, right-angle intersections, and map reading.

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