One might add that this analysis applies to the world of life as a whole.
A peculiar habit of disassociation is widespread among many who study the brain.
Egnor he nails it by noting that Shallit, not uniquely, falls victim to the mereological fallacy.
Like a well-written, trillion-page novel, every micro-step, every macro-step, every twist and turn of our development follows a master plan.
Our brains have vastly more ability than is needed for survival, most notably the capacity for language and abstract thought.