There is no doubt that prairie dogs (and many animals) are quite clever. In some ways, animals can be cleverer than men.
The argument is important for the inanity of its logic and its implications for human exceptionalism and the protection of innocent life.
Much of modern research on animal “language” reminds me of a remark by one of my favorite comedians.
Of course we need an intelligent authority to explain the universe. The universe is shot through with intelligibility.
Language is the tool by which we think abstractly. It is sui generis. It is a gift, a window into the human soul.
It’s a marketing strategy for Darwinism, which is sorely in need of marketing.
A commentator who opines on nature, free will, or God’s existence and who is ignorant of classical philosophy commits intellectual malpractice.
Today, Mother Teresa of Calcutta will be declared a saint by the Catholic Church.
Both humans and other animals use signs. Signs are things that direct attention to something else.
I think that Noam Chomsky is fundamentally right, and I am skeptical of Daniel Everett’s claim.