Behavioral and Brain Sciences 34 (3):142-144 (2011)

Karenleigh Anne Overmann
University of Colorado, Colorado Springs
Carey leaves unaddressed an important evolutionary puzzle: In the absence of a numeral list, how could a concept of natural number ever have arisen in the first place? Here we suggest that the initial development of natural number must have bootstrapped on a material culture scaffold of some sort, and illustrate how this might have occurred using strings of beads.
Keywords numerical cognition  material scaffold  Blombos beads
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DOI 10.1017/s0140525x10002189
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