March 30, 2006

Geometry and the Image of God

According to a team of international scientists that studied an isolated group of Amazonian villagers who had no schooling or experience with graphic symbols or maps. Humans are apparently naturally inclined to understand geometry (however in my case not Algebra.) Which leads to the question, is geometry and math in general in the Image of God?

We used two nonverbal tests to probe the conceptual primitives of geometry in the Mundurukú, an isolated Amazonian indigene group. Mundurukú children and adults spontaneously made use of basic geometric concepts such as points, lines, parallelism, or right angles to detect intruders in simple pictures, and they used distance, angle, and sense relationships in geometrical maps to locate hidden objects. 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.


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