“The discovery of a skull could change what we know about man’s evolution”: Scott Pelley, right before a commercial break on the CBS Evening News this evening. But when Pelley reported the story, he spoke of human evolution. We are evolving, sometimes with astonishing speed, sometimes not fast enough.
In a 2009 post about singular they, I wrote:
I find in he or she a still appropriate rejoinder to the language of patriarchy that permeated my undergraduate education. My first undergraduate philosophy course: “The Problem of Man.” The professor was a woman. A key text: William Barrett’s Irrational Man: A Study in Existential Philosophy (1958). And then there was William Faulkner: “Man will not merely endure; he will prevail.” Man oh man. I like humankind.And I was surprised to hear — and see — the language of man tonight.
[Onscreen, right before the commercial break: dumb language, dumb apostrophe too.]
Two more posts with Scott Pelley and Bob Schieffer
Attack of the Clones
Plus ça change