Top 10 Mind-Blowers: Babies and Toddlers

Babies Know The Numbers
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You can argue all day over whether math is a human creation or a human discovery. Either way, we come into this world pre-loaded with innate number sense.

Our brains naturally extract numbers from the surrounding environment in much the same way it identifies colors. Studies show that while infants have no grasp of human number systems, they can still identify changes in quantity. Three cheesy goldfish vs. six, there's a definite difference.

It might not feel like it when we're doing our taxes or splitting a restaurant tab, but we're all born accountants. Babies can estimate quantities and distinguish between more and less. It's all logarithmic thinking.

About the Author: Robert Lamb spent his childhood reading books and staring into the woods — first in Newfoundland, Canada and then in rural Tennessee. There was also a long stretch in which he was terrified of alien abduction. He earned a degree in creative writing. He taught high school and then attended journalism school. He wrote for the smallest of small-town newspapers before finally becoming a full-time science writer and podcaster. He’s currently a senior writer at HowStuffWorks and has co-hosted the science podcast Stuff to Blow Your Mind since its inception in 2010. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling with his wife Bonnie, discussing dinosaurs with his son Bastian and crafting the occasional work of fiction.