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Oct
25
How to Make a "Bananatrode"
Psalm 147:5
"Great is our Lord, and of great power: his understanding is infinite."
Just imagine a scientist going to the supermarket where he picks up a banana, an antenna from a blue crab, and a whisker from a catfish. He takes these back to his lab, hooks them together and...
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Language Studies Tell Us About Ourselves

Romans 10:17
"So then faith [cometh] by hearing, and hearing by the word of God."

Scientists who study language are learning that language is far more complex than they had expected. Some linguists have even suggested that children already have some principles of language embedded in their brains when they are born.

Language areas of the brainFor example, how would you turn the statement "The man is here" into a question? Even a child knows to move the word "is" to the beginning of the sentence to make it say, "Is the man here?" But how do you turn the statement, "The man who is tall is here" into a question? A child who followed the principle used in the last example should come up with, "Is the man who tall is here?" But that makes no sense. Nor do children make this mistake. Even children know instinctively to move not the first verb in this case but the main verb to yield "Is the man who is tall here?"

This exercise seems simple enough to us. And that's the point. The rule that governs this seemingly simple solution is difficult to express either in formal linguistic terms or in a computer program. Yet children instinctively solve this problem without ever being clearly taught any rules.

Human beings are unique. Saying that apes can learn language because they can learn some simple signs is like saying that humans can fly because they can jump. Linguistics is yet another area of knowledge which confirms what the Bible says about man being specially made and very different from the animals.

Prayer: 
Dear Lord, the Word made flesh for my salvation, thank You for the gift of language so that I can hear and believe Your Word and through it grow closer to You. Let me not take this gift for granted or neglect it. Amen.
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Illustration: Language areas of the brain. Courtesy of Reid Offringa and Selket. Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported, 2.5 Generic, 2.0 Generic and 1.0 Generic license.