JONATHAN GOTTSCHALL THE STORYTELLING ANIMAL PDF

Stories are all around us. But what is it about the story that holds such a powerful grip on the human imagination? Stories can change our behavior. They can influence our perceptions. They may even have the potential to, quite literally, change the flow of history—or at least some parts of it.

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Humans live in landscapes of make-believe. We spin fantasies. We devour novels, films, and plays. Even sporting events and criminal trials unfold as narratives. Yet the world of story has long remained an undiscovered and unmapped country. In this delightful and original book, Jonathan Gottschall offers the first unified theory of storytelling. Storytelling has evolved, like other behaviors, to ensure our survival. Drawing on the latest research in neuroscience, psychology, and evolutionary biology, Gottschall 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. But as Gottschall shows in this remarkable 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. The Storytelling Animal finally reveals how stories shape us. I'm having trouble deciding what this book is actually about. It covers a lot of ground, and I think that is one of the problems I'm having with it. Even though the book is listed at pages, only How stories are told has changed over time, from a group of hunter-gatherers listening to a storyteller around a fire to online role-playing games, but they're all stories. At the core, they're all Jonathan Gottschall.

Russell - LibraryThing I'm having trouble deciding what this book is actually about. The author or editor of five scholarly books, Gottschall's work has been prominently featured in the New York Times Magazine , Scientific American , and the Chronicle of Higher Education , among others. Steven Pinker has called him a brilliant young scholar" whose writing is "unfailingly clear, witty, and exciting. Back Matter. Back Flap. Back Cover.

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We love a good story. Narrative is stitched intrinsically into the fabric of human psychology. But why? Is it all just fun and games, or does storytelling serve a biological function? There are several surprises about stories.

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The Storytelling Animal: A Conversation with Jonathan Gottschall

In this delightful and original book, Jonathan Gottschall offers the first unified theory of storytelling. Drawing on the latest research in neuroscience, psychology, and evolutionary biology, Gottschall 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.

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