I’ve provided several posts recently on the Sapir-Whorf Hypothesis, including a couple on how language differences might effect our perception of numbers. Linguistic research seems to suggest that our language skills make us better able to perceive numbers, but here’s a link from the Jane Goodall Institute that might call these conclusions into questions.
Their research suggests that chimps, whose communication skills are generally thought to be both qualitatively and quantitatively different from human communication, appear to have gambling strategies that are very similar to ours. This presents an interesting question for classroom discussions. If their gambling strategies are similar, is that because their counting skills are too? Have your students read up on these chimp studies. It’s sure to make for a lively class!