On Aug 24, 2013, at 12:46 AM, GS Chandy <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
>>>> "The tendency of 'uneducated' people to compress the number scale for big numbers is actually an admirable way of measuring the world, ..."
People in general, especially uneducated people, are incapable of "compressing" a number scale. Clever people however are capable of devising numbers scales involving orders of magnitude. Once devised, people in general, even uneducated people, are able to use these (compressed) scales.
Inventing a scale requires thought.
Using the scale after it was invented does not.
That isn't to say that a thoughtful person might not ponder the scale they are using. But, in general, people are not thoughtful and they will just use the scale as they would any other concrete thing or idea.
Level 1 - Inborn sense (the animals) Level 2 - Concrete cultural knowledge (the talking tool makers) Level 3 - Abstract thought (the thinkers)