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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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David Fried

I had the same reaction. To my mind "becoming human" and learning to speak" are pretty much the same thing.

uzza

Thank you David. Those of us who sign and don't speak appreciate you expressing your opinion so honestly.
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BLOGGER: I think speak/sign was understood in David's post.

David Fried

No offense intended. In fact I have a deaf goddaughter and know some ASL. I never think of her as "not speaking," but as speaking a language I am embarrassed not to have mastered. The experience of watching her learn to communicate more or less convinced me that human speech began as sign. It is just too peculiar, otherwise, that human language can be fully realized through two such different channels. I believe that the "language instinct" is far older, in evolutionary terms, than the fine control of the articulatory processes necessary for fluent speech. I also think that the fact that all humans "talk" with their hands is a fact that requires more attention and explanation than it usually gets.

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