Tagged: numbers

Brains are bad at big numbers, making it impossible to grasp what a million COVID-19 deaths really means - COVID-19

Guest Author Apr 04, 2022

Lindsey Hasak, Stanford University and Elizabeth Y. Toomarian, Stanford University As of April 2022, there have been nearly 1 million confirmed COVID-19 deaths in the U.S. For most people, visualizing what a million of anything looks like is an impossible task. The human brain just isn’t built to comprehend such large numbers. We are two neuroscientists who study the … Read More

‘Anumeric’ people: What happens when a language has no words for numbers? - Guest Work

Guest Author Feb 06, 2018

Caleb Everett, University of Miami This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. Numbers do not exist in all cultures. There are numberless hunter-gatherers embedded deep in Amazonia, living along branches of the world’s largest river tree. Instead of using words for precise quantities, these people rely exclusively on terms analogous … Read More