While these theories may appear reasonable, given the complexity of the behavior it is unclear how a Darwinian process can be a plausible explanation.
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.