The Fall of Babel

Languages: there are thousands of the things, although you may only encounter a handful in your everyday life – they’re a bit like religions, in a way. Languages are related to each other and can be grouped into “families,” and it’s this concept that a recent (approximately a month old) That’s a Fact video, Language Families, alludes to:

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Infant Language Learning

There is nothing to be said about the Monday article, Scientists Get Glimpse Into Infant Language Learning. The concluding paragraph is the closest we get to anything remotely resembling a creationist claim:

No animal on earth matches this capacity for expressing abstract ideas, and no animal’s brain undergoes such a remarkable shift in multiple, coordinated language learning schemes. This new research shows a glimpse of the Creator’s handiwork in equipping people to develop into beings that share His image, by sharing His ability to use language.

Yes that’s it. Though perhaps a certain Darwin quote might be relevant: (Emphasis added.)

[T]he difference in mind between man and the higher animals, great as it is, certainly is one of degree and not of kind.