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Selected Books by Edmund Blair Bolles

  • Galileo's Commandment: 2500 Years of Great Science Writing
  • The Ice Finders: How a Poet, a Professor, and a Politician Discovered the Ice Age
  • Einstein Defiant: Genius vs Genius in the Quantum Revolution

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jkor

Great post. But I think your question "why is it that people speak and other animals do not?" should be rephrased as "why is it that people speak and most other animals probably do not?"

I think you may be falling into the same way of thinking about language as early researchers thought about tools, symbols, etc.

I would not be surprised if, decades from now, we may discover language in whales, elephants, bonobos, etc.
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BLOGGER: Of that list, I'd say African elephants are the most likely candidate for some form of speech. It takes a combination of community and brains, which elephants have.

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