Evolutionary biologist David Barash is a man on a mission. He wants to make sure that we all know we are only human, and that means we are only animal.
This is nothing short of a spectacular vindication of Stephen Meyer’s perspective in Darwin’s Doubt.
I am intrigued, but to be honest, I don’t quite know what to make of it just yet, and don’t want to jump to any conclusions.
There are fundamental, unbridgeable chasms on either side, animal and machine. The capacity for creativity, for one thing, stands permanently outside the reach of algorithms.
Whether in Warner Bros. cartoons, old jokes, or on Twitter, a good deal of humor has been derived from supposing that animals could talk.