Do we know anything about the psychology of "irrational numbers".

I'm asking because irrational numbers, like pi, seem to baffle some people. raise questions like "why" in ways that basic arithmetic does not.

I am specifically wondering if the nature of our psychology of rational numbers could explain our preference for the golden ratio, which is "the" irrational that is the least approachable by fractions.


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  • $\begingroup$ Are you implying that human beings are inherently rational? $\endgroup$ – Robert Columbia Jun 23 '17 at 2:12