What makes us human? Why are we the only animals who wear clothes, drive cars, trawl the internet, and fly helicopters on Mars? It’s all because we’ve learnt to talk: yet remarkably, we still don’t know how we did it. SPEECH! suggests an answer that’s been hiding in plain sight – the simple yet radical shift that turned our analog grunts and shrieks into words. But its consequences are far from simple: being able to share ideas through language was an evolutionary tipping point – it allowed us to link up our minds. And the rest is… history.
“I couldn’t stop reading until I finished it. This book should be widely read!” James Lovelock
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“I look forward to reading it.” Sir David Attenborough
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“If you liked Sapiens, you’re going to love this.” – Jee Mandayo
Have you thought how strange it is that we don’t know why humans can talk and other animals can’t? That we rely on language for everything we do yet can’t explain it? But maybe there’s a clue we’ve been missing all along: maybe the deepest secret is that words are digital — for that would make all the difference. My book explores the journey we’ve taken with language — from the first fumbling steps through the inevitable emergence and divergence of cultures, religions and identities, the development of science, and the ultimate logic of language: world peace. Read it and tell me I’m w