Purely physical explanations have difficulty in explaining the language-like features of communication between the coronavirus and a cell.
If what separates us from other animals were material in nature, material alone, then perhaps we could look to a material process for an explanation.
Whether in Warner Bros. cartoons, old jokes, or on Twitter, a good deal of humor has been derived from supposing that animals could talk.
If standard Darwinian theory is really as ironclad as we are commanded to assume, then the exercise should reinforce belief in evolution.
In contrast with apes, it’s a tougher sell to say that dogs share an ability to communicate with us because of being close evolutionary cousins.