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Cognition | Artificial intelligence
In an article in the New York Times, Stanislas Dehaene (NeuroSpin director) and Mathias Sablé-Meyer (PhD student) discuss recent results obtained in collaboration with the Collège de France, the CNRS and the University of Paris 8 that show that humans have a universal capacity to understand abstract geometric concepts.
The Pontifical Academy of Sciences organized a symposium in October 2021 to discuss the "neural" peculiarity of the human species that has allowed it to reach a higher level of consciousness than other species. Stanislas Dehaene's speech, introduced by a number of photographs of engravings made of symbols and dating back to the Bronze Age, piqued the curiosity of a journalist from The New York Times, Siobhan Roberts. He wanted to know more about the knowledge accumulated by neuroscientists demonstrating a particular affinity of humans for geometry. In a long article "Is geometry a language that only humans know?", the journalist goes back at length on results published in 2021 in the journal PNAS (Sensitivity to geometric shape regularity in humans and baboons: A putative signature of human singularity.) and which are the result of a collaboration between UNICOG/NeuroSpin, the Collège de France, the CNRS and the Université Paris 8.
Siobhan Roberts. Is Geometry a language that only Humans know? | The New York Times, 2022, 22 March
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