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    Math as an Intuitive Concept versus a Formal Discipline

    With practice, a five year old can learn to shoot a bow and arrow with enough proficiency to hit a distant target. It would require a great deal of effort for a skilled mathematician to model the parabolic curve that would be needed in order to aim at and hit the target, while also accounting for windage. How do five year old children who have never had so much as a basic algebra class make these calculations in their heads?

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    Good point. I think that intuitive mathematic ability is exactly the mutation that separates homo sapiens sapiens from homo sapiens, and as corroboration, Neanderthals and early homo sapiens appear not to have had throwing spears- only thrusting spears. There is one controversial find which may be an exception, but I have another theory to explain the Schoningen javelins. The side effects of that innate mathematical intelligence is musical instinct and ability, which has no possible survival benefit on it's own, but which all modern humans posses. On a Darwinian level it's otherwise difficult to explain music.

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    My five year old can’t reliably get a spoon into his mouth right side up.

    But I’ve digressed.

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    A bird can fly and not know anything about aeronautics or the associated math...

    Thx

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    told you so Amelia's Avatar
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    My cat is pretty good at knowing where to hunt for fallen prey (such as paper wads), without having seen all of the flight path.

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    'With practice' and maybe by instinct.

    Would the 5 year old be able to explain her thought process?

    As a youngster I was fairly proficient in hitting the target with my .22 rifle.

    I don't know if I would've been able to explain WHY I could though.

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