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  • 03 November 2018
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The Kingdom of Speech Read & download ↠ 108 Is a captivating paradigm shifting argument that speech not evolution is responsible for humanity's complex societies and achievementsFrom Alfred Russel Wallace the Englishman who beat Darwin to the theory of natural selection but later renounced it and through the c. Tom Wolfe one day stumbled across a 2014 essay by eight heavyweight Evolutionists the famed linguist Noam Chomsky being notability among them and was startled by their conclusion that after 150 years of scientific research and academic speculation what we know about speech and language remains as mysterious as ever A poverty of evidence they wrote leaves us with no explanation of how and why our linguistic computations and representations evolvedWolfe looked askance at this conclusion noting first how odd it was for a group of experts to announce what abject failures they were but then wisely proceeded to uestion the essay s underlying assumption According to Chomsky et al the notion that language has evolved just like any other trait of living organisms was uncontroversial In the story which he presents Wolfe in his inimitable style as a reporter and storyteller challenges that assumption Why must language have evolvedThe story of evolution begins of course with Charles Darwin or as Wolfe reminds us with Alfred Russell Wallace 1823 1913 who virtually beat Darwin to the punch on biological evolution but ultimately uestioned Darwin s conclusion on the evolution of language The DarwinWallace rivalry told entertainingly by Wolfe is juxtaposed with the author s account of a modern rivalry concerning the origin of language one which pitted Chomsky s supposition of an inborn universal grammar against that theory s challenger Daniel L Everett Don t Sleep There Are Snakes Everett concluded after closely studying a tribe indigenous to a remote part of the that language did not evolve rather he posits it is an artifact created by mankindThe story ends with Wolfe choosing sides His solution to the mystery will no doubt be uickly added to the long list of unsubstantiated theories he cites Words create meaning Wolfe suggests Yet others beginning long before him have contended far convincingly just the opposite we create words to designate meaning while meaning is simply apprehended In short the origin of language has an essential side to it which to the reader s misfortune Wolfe never explored It is a view that has been with us since Aristotle walked the streets of Athens one which does not pre suppose a divinity but which consistent with Everett insists that language could not have evolved biologicallyThus in this significant way Wolfe s tour of the origin of language is incomplete Nevertheless his challenge to scientific authority has merit The eight evolutionists deserve credit for admitting what they do not know but to suggest their uest for an evolutionary basis of language is uncontroversial opened them up to the very entertaining smack down Wolfe has thoughtfully delivered in his The Kingdom of Speech

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The Kingdom of Speech Read & download ↠ 108 The maestro storyteller and reporter provocatively argues that what we think we know about speech and human evolution is wrongTom Wolfe whose legend began in journalism takes us on an eye opening journey that is sure to arouse widespread debate The Kingdom of Speech. If you ever wanted to read a book about a scientific field or two in Wolfe s trademark flamboyant prose that was utterly innocent of any understanding of science here s your chance This vapid piece of preening ignorance will stand as a pointless landmark or better yet sink like a witless stone to sturm und drang self regard As an erstwhile colleague of mine put it in his review of the book in the Washington Post here the book is unsullied by researchYou don t have to be an evolutionary biologist or a linguist to find this book a piece of mean spirited ad hominem drivel The book is filled with incorrect assertions to take just one formal Chomskyan linguists don t just sit around in air conditioned rooms making theories many have spent their careers doing fieldwork and documenting the intricacies of the grammars of languages all over the planet and the rest do the same on languages they don t need to travel much to study including their own native ones Without in depth careful observations about the grammars of human languages formal linguists wouldn t have anything to analyze To suggest anything else is a ridiculous lie Wolfe s imputation that lab scientists aren t real scientists because they don t spend their lives in the field would be laughable coming from anyone else From Wolfe it s just sad

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