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The storytelling animal : how stories make us human

Author: Jonathan Gottschall
Publisher: Boston : Mariner Books, 2013.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st Mariner books edView all editions and formats
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"Undiscovered and unmapped country. It's easy to say that humans are "wired" for story, but why? In this book, the author offers a unified theory of storytelling. He argues that stories help us navigate life's complex social problems, just as flight simulators prepare pilots for difficult situations. Storytelling has evolved, like other behaviors, to ensure our survival. Drawing on the latest research in  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jonathan Gottschall
ISBN: 0544002342 9780544002340
OCLC Number: 823010546
Description: xvii, 248 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Contents: The witchery of story --
The riddle of fiction --
Hell is story-friendly --
Night story --
The mind is a storyteller --
The moral of the story --
Ink people change the world --
Life stories --
The future of story.
Responsibility: Jonathan Gottschall.

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"Undiscovered and unmapped country. It's easy to say that humans are "wired" for story, but why? In this book, the author offers a unified theory of storytelling. He argues that stories help us navigate life's complex social problems, just as flight simulators prepare pilots for difficult situations. Storytelling has evolved, like other behaviors, to ensure our survival. Drawing on the latest research in neuroscience, psychology, and evolutionary biology, he tells us what it means to be a storytelling animal. Did you know that the more absorbed you are in a story, the more it changes your behavior? That all children act out the same kinds of stories, whether they grow up in a slum or a suburb? That people who read more fiction are more empathetic? Of course, our story instinct has a darker side. It makes us vulnerable to conspiracy theories, advertisements, and narratives about ourselves that are more "truthy" than true. National myths can also be terribly dangerous: Hitler's ambitions were partly fueled by a story. But as is shown in this book, stories can also change the world for the better. Most successful stories are moral; they teach us how to live, whether explicitly or implicitly, and bind us together around common values. We know we are master shapers of story. This book finally reveals how stories shape us."--Jacket.

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