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October-2017-Joint-session-DiP-Colloquium-Cognitio
n@ILLC-Prof-Richard-Menary
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SUMMARY:Joint session DiP Colloquium & Cognition@I
LLC, Prof. Richard Menary
ATTENDEE;ROLE=Speaker:Prof. Richard Menary (Macqua
rie University)
DTSTART;TZID=Europe/Amsterdam:20171027T160000
DTEND;TZID=Europe/Amsterdam:20171027T173000
LOCATION:Room F3.20, Science Park 107, 1098 XG Ams
terdam
DESCRIPTION:Abstract: In 2015 I argued that full
mathematical cognition was the result of a process
of enculturation. Given that symbolic mathematics
is a very recent acquisition—mathematical symbol
systems are only thousands of years old and some m
athematical practices are only hundreds of years o
ld—it could not be the result of a genetically inh
erited and specialised module. How then do we acqu
ire the capacity for symbolic mathematics in ontog
eny? I return to the argument I presented there, t
hat we should pay close attention to the social an
d cultural pressures that gave rise to the need fo
r arithmetic and mathematics and to the cultural p
ractices that were developed for thinking abstract
ly about quantity. Mathematical practices recruit
a number of existing capacities including the capa
city for numerosity (which appears to be an ancien
t endowment), the capacity for sensorimotor manipu
lation of tools and the ability to perform sequenc
es of operations according to norms (or rules).
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n\n In 2015 I argued that full mathematical co
gnition was the result of a process of enculturati
on. Given that symbolic mathematics is a very rece
nt acquisition—mathematical symbol systems are onl
y thousands of years old and some mathematical pra
ctices are only hundreds of years old—it could not
be the result of a genetically inherited and spec
ialised module. How then do we acquire the capacit
y for symbolic mathematics in ontogeny? I return t
o the argument I presented there, that we should p
ay close attention to the social and cultural pres
sures that gave rise to the need for arithmetic an
d mathematics and to the cultural practices that w
ere developed for thinking abstractly about quanti
ty. Mathematical practices recruit a number of exi
sting capacities including the capacity for numero
sity (which appears to be an ancient endowment), t
he capacity for sensorimotor manipulation of tools
and the ability to perform sequences of operation
s according to norms (or rules).

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URL:http://projects.illc.uva.nl/LoLa/DIP-Colloquiu
m/event/35111/Mathematical-Cognition,-a-Case-of-En
culturation-Redux
CONTACT:Manuel Gustavo Isaac at isaac.manuelgustav
o at gmail.com
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