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Language theorist Noam Chomsky, violator of the new design-free language

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Here, we noted one recent effort to rid biology of language that implies design. A friend writes to say that Noam Chomsky, no friend to design in nature, wrote, with co-authors, in a 2002 article in Science,

“The faculty of language: What is it, who has it, and how did it evolve?”

“… All living things are designed on the basis of highly conserved developmental systems that read an (almost) universal language encoded in DNA base pairs.”

(Hauser, Chomsky and Fitch, Science, 298, 2002)

I wonder if that would get past the referee today? Today, it might be a game misconduct, not just five minutes in the penalty box.

It’s interesting to reflect that evolutionary biology today exists mostly to prop up Darwin’s theories, just as evolutionary psychology exists to rid us of explanations of human nature that bypass the reality of the mind. Asa result, little real insight will come from either.


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