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Intuitive Topology

Abstract : Understanding of elementary topological equivalencies is impaired by preconceptions about the topological structure of ordinary objects, so that the equivalencies turn out to be counterintuitive. Here I will discuss some of these preconceptions, namely (1) the dominance of gestalt properties of the visual display of the configuration, (2) the neglect of holistic properties, (3) the dominance of transformations the preserve metric properties over those that preserve topological properties only, (4) the assumption that holes (empty regions of space) are objects of their own. These factors delineate an empirical research field, intuitive topology. An explanatory hypothesis for the preconceptions suggests that they are hard-wired.
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Roberto Casati. Intuitive Topology. Monima Chadha, Ajay K. Raina. Basic Objects: Case Studies in Theoretical Primitives, 2001. ⟨ijn_00000092⟩

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