I omitted an important fact from yesterday's post. I began a series of reports on Michael Tomasello's new book, The Origins of Human Communications, which is officially published today (Sept. 30). I managed to mention that the book does an excellent job of identifying the cognitive and emotional qualities that enable people to speak, but I wanted to save one detail for this second post about the book. For all its importance, Tomasello has given us an astoundingly boring book. It was a discipline for me to get through it.