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Storytelling is what allows us to experience our lives as coherent, orderly, and meaningful

Storytelling is what allows us to experience our lives as coherent, orderly, and meaningful Storytelling is what allows us to experience our lives as coherent, orderly, and meaningful
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The Storytelling Animal
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We each have a little Sherlock Holmes in our brain. His job is to "reason backwards" from what we can observe in the present and show what orderly series of causes led to particular effects. Evolution has given us an "inner Holmes" be-cause the world really is full of stories (intrigues, plots, alliances, relationships of cause and effect), and it pays to detect them. The storytelling mind is a crucial evolutionary adaptation. It allows us to experience our lives as coherent, orderly, and meaningful. It is what makes life more than a blooming, buzzing confusion.

But the storytelling mind is imperfect. After almost five decades of studying the tale-spinning homunculus who re-sides in the left brain, Michael Gazzaniga has concluded that this little man — for all of his undeniable virtues — can also be a bumbler.

The storytelling mind is allergic to uncertainty, randomness, and coincidence. It is addicted to meaning. If the storytelling mind cannot find meaningful patterns in the world, it will try to impose them. In short, the storytelling mind is a factory that churns out true stories when it can, but will manufacture lies when it can't.

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