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Tom Wolfe: What we think we know re evolution is wrong

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Kingdom of Speech.jpg  People know American author Tom Wolfe best for Bonfire of the Vanities and Radical Chic. He coined phrases for people who sense that something is wrong with the decades-long descent.

Many probably don’t know that he doubted Darwin’s hegemony would last ages before the Royal Society began to wonder. He gave it forty years.

A trend spotter, he has a nose for that kind of thing.

From his forthcoming book promo, The Kingdom of Speech:

The maestro storyteller and reporter provocatively argues that what we think we know about speech and human evolution is wrong.

Tom Wolfe, whose legend began in journalism, takes us on an eye-opening journey that is sure to arouse widespread debate. THE KINGDOM OF SPEECH is a captivating, paradigm-shifting argument that speech–not evolution–is responsible for humanity’s complex societies and achievements.

From Alfred Russel Wallace, the Englishman who beat Darwin to the theory of natural selection but later renounced it, and through the controversial work of modern-day anthropologist Daniel Everett, who defies the current wisdom that language is hard-wired in humans, Wolfe examines the solemn, long-faced, laugh-out-loud zig-zags of Darwinism, old and Neo, and finds it irrelevant here in the Kingdom of Speech. More.

So he was not forced to recant; he is still allowed to say those things? It would be nice to have serious conversations again.

See also: Rethinking evolution

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One Reply to “Tom Wolfe: What we think we know re evolution is wrong

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    Robert Byers says:

    I recently watched leonard Berstein’s lectures(first half hour of first one) at harvard on music. He hinted or ssaid what Herbert Spencer said about music and speech being the same thing. In opther words music/speech comes from a universal tonal arrangement. Simply tones of voice are what is at root for speech. All mankind has the same tones. These tones themselves coming seemingly from primitive simple utterances of the spirit.
    Speech didn’t evole from a grunting ape. Many say that in evolutionism also.
    The tones in words formation are simply arrangements of greater universal tones man uses.
    Bernstein used the example of mocking children saying NA, NA, NA. All children in the world use the same tone to do the same thing despite language.
    We would not be hard wired for speech but for tones expressing spirit. . Only a little different, or none, from creatures.

    The tones are organized and memorized and called speech. They are simply complex relative to animals. Yet the same equation of mere tones.

    Adam spoke right off. God did not invent the first language. It was straight from the spirit and its tones quickly organized I suggest.

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