Posted by: Mr. C | May 6, 2008

The Origin of Language

This is a fascinating article that merits a close read by people on both sides of the debate. During my studies for my psychology degree, we looked at numerous cases of how language is something that humans cannot learn on their own. It has to involve a teacher and interactions with other humans. Without those, language will not develop.

Here is an excerpt from the introduction. I encourage you to check out the full article here.

What events transpired that have allowed humans to speak, while animals remain silent?  If we are to believe the evolutionary teaching currently taking place in colleges and universities around the world, speech evolved as a natural process over time.  Yet no one is quite sure how, and there are no known animals that are in a transition phase from non-speaking to speaking.  In fact, in the Atlas of Languages, this remarkable admission can be found:  ‘No languageless community has ever been found’.[5] This represents no small problem for evolution.

In fact, the origin of speech and language (along with the development of sex and reproduction) remains one of the most significant hurdles in evolutionary theory, even in the twenty-first century.  In an effort “make the problem go away,” some evolutionists have chosen not to even address the problem.  Jean Aitchison noted:

‘In 1866, a ban on the topic was incorporated into the founding statutes of the Linguistic Society of Paris, perhaps the foremost academic linguistic institution of the time: ‘The Society does not accept papers on either the origin of language or the invention of a universal language.’[6]

That is an amazing (albeit inadvertent) admission of defeat, especially coming from a group of such eminent scientists, researchers, and scholars.  While remaining quiet worked well for a while, evolutionists now realize that they need a materialistic answer for this problem.

The truth of the matter is, however, that the origin of human languages can be discerned—but not via the theory of evolution.

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Responses

  1. Don’t tell me you post an article complaining about how scientists are avoiding what you think are legitimate challenges to their ideas, then you delete a comment which contains legitimate challenges to your own?

    To quote the article: “That is an amazing (albeit inadvertent) admission of defeat”

  2. Jason, as this is a new blog, I did not transfer any comments made on the original post (or any other post) to this one. I did respond to your comments on the original post. I did not “delete” them as you suggest.

    For those who are curious, the original post, complete with comments can be found here: http://prodeoetpatria.wordpress.com/2008/05/05/the-origin-of-language/

    If this article is really that threatening, feel free to repost the comments you made on the original post to this blog. I simply do not have the time to do that for every post.


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