Natural numbers (one, two, three, four, etc.) are both simple and profound. Follow a simple algorithm – add 1 to any number n to generate the next number – and you can generate an infinite set of numbers. What are the origins of human knowledge of the natural numbers? And what is the cognitive architecture that supports their acquisition? I study the conceptual and linguistic basis for representing number and the mechanisms under which sophisticated numerical knowledge is acquired.
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