> [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Don G > --- Jens Wilkinson <[log in to unmask]> wrote: > > > For example, there are, it is > > said, languages that only have numbers to three, and > > after that everything is "many". But from the > > standpoint of an industrial society, that would seem > > too limiting. > Computers, the symbol of our modern IT world, get by > with just a binary system of "0" ad "1". No, the binary system is simply *based* on digits that can be either 0 or 1, but can still represent and process much larger numbers than 1 by multiple digits just as we can count past 9 in the decimal system. There are however some cultures that have very primitive counting systems like Kjell mentioned, and really do consider everything beyond their system to be just "many". In the example above "five" could still be counted in a binary system as "1001" but to a culture that doesn't count past 3, it would just be "many".