Re: Numerals (was: Atkinson and Out-of-Africa ... Again)
- This announcement recalls to me a suggestion I have made at various times to anthropologists, that they record methods of calculation (mental, with tokens, or whatever) used by non-literate people before they disappear with universal basic literacy and written numeracy. Also, how these methods are taught to children and youth.
Or maybe this has been done abundantly and I just haven't come across it. The books I've seen have been on counting, not on calculation.
Allen W. Thrasher, Ph.D.
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