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.
Our brains have vastly more ability than is needed for survival, most notably the capacity for language and abstract thought.
“The case that human language develops step by step through natural selection is weakened by the fact that no single language gene has ever been discovered.”