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chomsky’s design argument?…Tom Wolfe’s “The Kingdom of Speech”

May 16th, 2018 · No Comments

The issue is more than that of language: a multiplicity of factors, all of them complex seem to have come into existence: language, mind, a new self-consciousness, artistic potential, …there is not way natural selection can deal with this…Chomsky has tended to remain silent on darwinism, but his view of language is obvious a design argument…

I am pleased about this. I have spent much of my life trying to wake people up to the sad truth that Darwinians have failed utterly to explain the origin of language.

Blissfully unaware of this fact, most of my friends – who include both left-wing activists and academics – take for granted that Darwin probably had a good explanation based on natural selection. Our capacities for speech surely evolved from the vocal capacities of our ape-like ancestors. Over time, grunts, screams, roars and squeaks somehow turned into words and grammar. How else can language have evolved? I am delighted that Tom Wolfe has discovered that such confidence is misplaced. Being one of the most celebrated writers alive, there is a good chance he has at last opened up this whole question for proper debate.

Source: The Tom and Noam Show: a Review of Tom Wolfe’s “The Kingdom of Speech”

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