Counting Made Easy! [Pic+]

Submitted by: LemonCurry 3 years ago Science

One ... many ... ok, I got it!
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Male 1,104
lol, obviously the facebook site of a piraha will boost their ego ("hey, i only got one friend, but you got so MANY"! "oh, you too. and you!")
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Male 1,104
"They always claim mathematics is fundamental to any civilisation."
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it`s a matter of how advanced the civilization is. obviously it`d be tricky to build rockets without knowledge of numbers, but why shouldn`t a `simple` society exist without an extended system for counting.

i hazard a guess that perhaps the fact that piraha live in a tropical climate without the need to maintain food stocks makes complicated counting unnecessary (?)

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Male 1,104
@Quackor

2 buttons: 1. small button for "best friend". 2. big button for "everyone".
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Male 1,104
lol @ lauriloo! :-)
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Male 13,624
@Quackor
On speed dial, more, lots, few
all you need really
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Male 2,855
so how the duck they phone their buddies??
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Male 37,909

and Lauriloo wins this thread and one internet.

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Female 1,803
hmm, same system men use to measure their d!cks... anything over 4 inches gets called "9"
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Male 1,745
How the hell does their culture not need to differentiate any number between 1 and 4? That doesn`t make practical sense at all. "Hey Larry, we`ll need (word for 1 or 2 or 3 or 4) spears for hunting tomorrow", doesn`t seem like they could function all. Were these scientists sure they weren`t saying something else?
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Female 2,549
Drawman61, science is not wrong, Mathematics is present but in qualitative form not the quantitative that we employ.

Iit makes total scientific sense that the cognitive development is adept to the needs of their culture.
What I find disturbing is how surprised they are at the deviation. It is our lack of understanding of the adoptive capacity only in increments.
Its quite alright to be adaptive in reduction. Very economical and uncomplicated. They also do not have a concept of religion. Beautiful simplicity of existence, that is aslo observed in other life forms.
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Male 625
"Ha! wrong again, science. They always claim mathematics is fundamental to any civilisation."

Great thing about science, it`s always ready to admit it has been wrong when faced with facts.
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Male 6,227
I`m so glad this finally got posted. I read it in the submissions stream quite some time ago and loved it. It is a jaw-dropping study.
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Male 7,775
Ha! wrong again, science. They always claim mathematics is fundamental to any civilisation.
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Male 955
I feel like I`m missing something here
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Male 1,104
Link: Counting Made Easy! [Pic+] [Rate Link] - One ... many ... ok, I got it!
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