Humans are Storytellers

09/26/12
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Unique to humans, and universal across time and cultures, the trait that ties all humans together is our love of stories—especially fiction. It comes so naturally that writer Jonathan Gottschall doesn’t think scientists are paying nearly enough attention to it.

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“We tell ourselves stories in order to live,” says American author Joan Didion. Stories have existed in all forms—parables, poems, tall tales, myths, novels, plays, songs—across almost all cultures and throughout human history. But is storytelling essential to survival? Is it a driver of evolution or a byproduct? What is the primal urge that drove our distant ancestors to crawl into a dark cave and paint portraits on rocky walls? Join a spirited discussion of how science has begun to explain the uniquely human gift of narrative,...[Read more]

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