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Is a captivating paradigm shifting argument that speech not evolution is responsible for humanity's complex societies and achievements From Alfred Russel Wallace the Englishman who beat Darwin to the theory of natural selection but later renounced it and through the c. The long and the short of it is that Tom Wolfe here argues that human speech is an artifact rather than a product of evolution The power of human speech is such that all other phenomena fall before it In the book s peroration Wolfe itemizes a host of human accomplishments and capabilities that are made possible by the creationinvention of speech and leaves us with a single image a chimpanzee and her offspring settling in for the night on a three pronged fork in a tree vs the amenities of a 750night Manhattan hotel in TW s neighborhood To say that animals evolved into man is like saying that Carrara marble evolved in to Michelangelo s David In the course of this extended essaysmall book 167 pp of text TW attacks both Darwin and Chomsky and contrasts them with two less patrician contemporaries Alfred Russel Wallace who anticipated Darwin s notion of natural selection and Daniel Everett a contemporary anthropologist who has devoted his life to studying the language and culture of a small community in the whose language appears to violate the notions central to Chomsky s theory of a universal grammar These sections are like reading Swift than science Some of TW s attacks on evolution are easily countered and there is the embarrassing fact that Wallace ended up as a spiritualist and the simple counter from Chomsky that Everett s tribe the Piraha may have a rule breaking language but their brains are still wired in such a way as to enable them to learn PortugueseStill it is fun to see pretense skewered and officialdom challenged TW is supremely euipped to do that even if the science which he employs is less effective than the anecdotal wit and humor which he wields so skillfullyThe nub of the book ultimately is the origin of language a subject which evaded Darwin and still bedevils Chomsky and his supporters Wolfe s argument that it is simple straightforward and comparable to the construction of mnemonics strikes me admittedly no expert as simplistic in the extreme If you look at something like J P Mallory s IN SEARCH OF THE INDO EUROPEANS LANGUAGE ARCHAEOLOGY AND MYTH you see immediately how the growth dispersion and differentiation of languages within a single language family is a matter of awesome complexity and you can see why the origin of capital L Language in the history of mankind is staggering in its difficulty This is the historical counterpart of the problem of consciousness in neuroscienceNevertheless the importance of language is undeniable and TW s highlighting and dilating on that importance serves a useful purpose It encourages us to be skeptical of all encompassing explanations of human realities cf Fred Crews s definitive assault on Freud and Freudianism and reminds us that the materialist reductionist tendencies of latter day Darwinists are likely to remain unsatisfactory in the face of the dimensions of human reach and capability

review ´ E-book, or Kindle E-pub Ò Tom Wolfe

Ontroversial work of modern day anthropologist Daniel Everett who defies the current wisdom that language is hard wired in humans Wolfe examines the solemn long faced laugh out loud zig zags of Darwinism old and Neo and finds it irrelevant here in the Kingdom of Speec. First one has to overcome an instinctive resistance to the author s occasional lapsing from good writing to folksy babble It is not hard to do but one wonders why it is necessary The dark side of the story of the discovery of evolution by Wallace and Darwin is absolutely fascinating and a must read Later the narrative loses speed as the reader paradoxically tends to increase his own reading speed if you see what I mean However it is a gorgeous half a book that changed my understanding of an important scientific episode Secrets of a Creativity Coach paradoxically tends to increase his own reading speed if you see what I mean However it is a gorgeous half a book that changed my understanding of an important scientific episode

Tom Wolfe Ò 9 summary

The maestro storyteller and reporter provocatively argues that what we think we know about speech and human evolution is wrong Tom Wolfe whose legend began in journalism takes us on an eye opening journey that is sure to arouse widespread debate The Kingdom of Speech. The late Tom Wolfe leaves behind a legacy of thoughtful iconoclastic new journalism and this footnote heavy somewhat academic work is a surprising ending As a connoisseur of controversy he has chosen to challenge Darwin s evolutionary assumptions using the lack of evidence for the evolutionary development of human language as his argument Along the way he exposes Noam Chomsky as a vindictive ivory tower intellectual too attached to his air conditioned offices to venture into the field and test his theories in the wild Wolfe is adept at intellectual brawling so the book is both brilliant and entertaining but so far I don t find much insight into the origins of human language other than a sound thrashing of Darwin and Chomsky for their classist elitism But maybe that s his point Worth reading for the uestions it raises


8 thoughts on “ The Kingdom of Speech

  1. says:

    the five stars say that Wolfe has referenced EVERYTHING he tells you, tells you even how to get at the reference !!!!!!
    that's very unusual in non academic writing

    How does speech fit into the idea, the hypothesis of evol

  2. says:

    The late Tom Wolfe leaves behind a legacy of thoughtful, iconoclastic "new" journalism, and this footnote heavy somewhat ac

  3. says:

    The long and the short of it is that Tom Wolfe here argues that human speech is an artifact rather than a product of evolution. The power of human speech is such that all other phenomena fall before it. In the book’s peroration Wolfe itemizes a host of human accomplishments and capabilities that are made possib

  4. says:

    A thorough review of the theories of the beginning of language since the nineteenth century. I found it fascinating throughout.

  5. says:

    I, who am usually quite critical, must admit I found this book absolutely enjoyable from the beginning to somewhere near the end at the point when Tom Wolfe offers hints of his own theory of language. If like me you tire of reading academic prose that disguises its emotions & intentions and pretends to be noth

  6. says:

    First one has to overcome an instinctive resistance to the author's occasional lapsing from good writing to folksy babble. It is not hard to do but one wonders why it is necessary. The dark side of the story of the discovery of evolution by Wallace and Darwin is absolutely fascinating and a must read. Later the narrativ

  7. says:

    Outstanding. Enjoyed this enormously, espec

  8. says:

    Extremely interesting and well written. Specially the account of Noam Chomsky as the fake wise guru is great, funny and very accurate. And the last chapter (VI) is very enlightening. I can just recommend it. You will know much about

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