Cognitive Structures of Space-Time

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Cognitive Structures of Space-Time. Published in Frontiers in Psychology, 21 October 2020. By Signorelli Camilo Miguel, Dündar-Coecke Selma, Wang Vincent, Coecke Bob (QISS Oxford Computer Science)

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Space and time have been the subject of physics for thousands of years, with Euclid’s account paving the way for modern mathematics. At the same time it is the primal arena of human experience. Physicists have broken down the structures of space in different layers of structural sophistication. Developmental psychologists such as Piaget have identified different stages in which we experience spaces. The two seem to be remarkably correlated. This paper proposes both theoretical and experimental avenues for further exploring this connection, linking primal human experience with scientific practice. One such experiment inspired by this work is underway with involvement by IBM.