Not all humans can be concert pianists. Some humans can’t speak or get out of a wheelchair or remember their daughter’s name anymore. Here we enter into moral and ethical issues.
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.
Whether in Warner Bros. cartoons, old jokes, or on Twitter, a good deal of humor has been derived from supposing that animals could talk.
C. John Collins points out that Venema’s use of “language evolution” is a poor analogy for (his form of) biological evolution.
He has a different take on imperfection, one more optimistic than one might expect from someone who writes about what’s wrong with us.