Core Knowledge of Geometry in an Amazonian Indigene Group

Science 311 (5759)::381-4 (2006)

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Pierre Pica
Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique
Abstract
Does geometry constitues a core set of intuitions present in all humans, regarless of their language or schooling ? We used two non verbal tests to probe the conceptual primitives of geometry in the Munduruku, an isolated Amazonian indigene group. Our results provide evidence for geometrical intuitions in the absence of schooling, experience with graphic symbols or maps, or a rich language of geometrical terms.
Keywords geometry  core knowldege  mundurucu
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