It is when we first learn to count numbers for ourselves that we fall for the cast of numbers. A recent study summates that this begins for tots at around 18-months-old.
Before 15 months, their research findings state that the minds of human infants are dealing with abstracts and ‘with brains capable of daydreaming and introspection’. What they don’t say, but is clear, is that babies inhabit more ethereal, less ordered, undivided and uncertain, in-between worlds. From around 15 to 18 months the worlds are colliding; glimpses of the set up materialise and dematerialise, persistently surface and slip away. The baby struggles to make sense of it all but gradually, through repetitive behaviour and pressure by and from those around it, the free-roaming mind of the child locks on to the decreed tenets. It is add-here-in…adhering, from now on.