Tom Wolfe’s denial of language evolution stumbles over his own words

New book attacking Darwin, Chomsky substitutes smugness for substance

two babies chatting

Babies are born with the ability to learn and use language, a feature of human behavior that, like other behavioral capabilities, emerged from eons of biological evolution — a scientific explanation that author Tom Wolfe rejects in his new book, The Kingdom of Speech

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