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Title: Towards a Darwinian approach to Mathematics
Authors: De Cruz, Helen # ×
Issue Date: Mar-2006
Publisher: Oficyna Akademicka
Series Title: Foundations of science vol:11 issue:1-2 pages:157-196
Abstract: In the past decades, recent paradigm shifts in ethology, psychology, and the social sciences have given rise to various new disciplines like cognitive ethology and evolutionary psychology. These disciplines use concepts and theories of evolutionary biology to understand and explain the design, function and origin of the brain. I shall argue that there are several good reasons why this approach could also apply to human mathematical abilities. I will review evidence from various disciplines (cognitive ethology, cognitive psychology, cognitive archaeology and neuropsychology) that suggests that the human capacity for mathematics is a category-specific domain of knowledge, hard-wired in the brain, which can be explained as the result of natural selection.
ISSN: 1233-1821
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
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