Magazine September 26, 2016, Issue

Talking Man

The Kingdom of Speech, by Tom Wolfe (Little, Brown, 192 pp., $26)

Tom Wolfe, one of our best novelists and essayists, is also a critic of the Darwinian theory of evolution. He thinks that the theory might explain all of nature, all observable reality — up to, but emphatically not including, the human being: the “beast with speech” (Homo loquax). In his invigorating 2006 NEH Jefferson Lecture, he claimed to explain everything we need to know about that singular beast, and in his new book he explains why famous scientists have failed completely to come up with an alternative to the failed Darwinian explanation. To account for the being with speech, evolutionary

Peter Augustine LawlerPeter Augustine Lawler is Dana Professor of Government at Berry College. He is executive editor of the acclaimed scholarly quarterly Perspectives on Political Science and served on President George ...

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