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1/18/04 5:23 PM
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Edited: 18-Jan-04
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In the Republic, Plato asserts that the origin of numbers comes from the need to assess the comparative strengths of hostile groups and from need to store enough grain for the winter. Is there any comprehensive source that addresses the origin of numbers among various cultures?
1/18/04 5:52 PM
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Edited: 18-Jan-04
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Maybe this is of help: Number: Its Origin and Evolution by John Zerzan

 

 

1/20/04 3:45 PM
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I was going to recommend you give Zerzan a try, but I'm surprised as all Hell that Dogbert has beaten me to it!
1/21/04 11:45 PM
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Edited: 21-Jan-04
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" I was going to recommend you give Zerzan a try, but I'm surprised as all Hell that Dogbert has beaten me to it!" You are? I mean, we are talking about Dogbert now, aren't we?
1/22/04 9:50 AM
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Well, Zerzan isn't a mathematician. He has a math & science education, but he's known for his "Neo-Luddic" critques of technology and progress, and his spirited defense of the Unabomber - not everyone's cup of tea. Anyway, like most of Zerzan's writings, this piece is at the very least interesting and well-researched. I'd like to hear opinions on it from Dogbert and others with the math & science background that I lack.
1/22/04 9:53 AM
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Edited: 22-Jan-04
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Well, I wasn´t really searching for a mathematically rigorous article. After all, counting is older than axiomatic set theory. The question is a anthropological one.

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