Sunday, 12 June 2016

Darwinian Logic: Monkeys’ Loss of Voice Control Kept Them From Evolving Language

No speech? Image courtesy of David M. Jensen, Creative Commons (CC BY-SA 3.0).

Joel Kontinen

Darwinian just so stories tend to be entertaining. One ingredient that they do not lack is imagination. Here’s a recent example, featuring monkeys and researchers who associate old monkeys’ calls with language evolution:

Monkeys lose the ability to consciously control their calls as they age, which may have limited the evolution of language in non-human primates.

May, might and could are popular Darwinian words that we often see in science texts. A plausible translation is that they don’t have a clue as to how a trait came into being but they assume that it must have come about via an evolutionary pathway.

When it comes to speech, apes and monkeys just don’t have the necessary organs. No amount of wishful thinking can be of any help.

For Darwinists, the origin and evolution of language is an enigma. Some refer to it as Darwin’s problem (but it’s not his only one). It cannot be solved by storytelling.

However, they have tried a variety of approaches, for instance apes gesticulating with their arms, taming ourselves, gorilla song, and marmoset communication featuring listening.

But none of them are convincing. Apes differ too much from us.

Evolutionists have grossly exaggerated the language skills of
Kanzi, the famous bonobo. Contrary to what we were told, it failed to understand basic grammar and could certainly not speak.

There is a much more logical explanation for the origin of the language groups we humans and no animals have: the Tower of Babel account in Genesis 11.

It seems that humans are programmed to learn language.


Age robs monkeys of vocal control. Nature 534, 155 (9 June 2016).