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Why story is used to explain symphonies and sport matches alike by Philip Ball — Aeon

We use neat stories to explain everything from sports matches to symphonies. Is it time to leave the nursery of the mind?
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"And that’s the real point. We need narrative not because it is a valid epistemological description of the world but because of its cognitive role."

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The Storytelling Animal

The Storytelling Animal | cognition | Scoop.it
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.
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aniamaclain's comment, May 16, 2013 5:23 AM
cool
FastTFriend's comment, May 16, 2013 7:47 AM
I think so too.
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The Way We Live Our Lives in Stories | Edge.org

The Way We Live Our Lives in Stories | Edge.org | cognition | Scoop.it
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We live in stories all day long—fiction stories, novels, TV shows, films, interactive video games. We daydream in stories all day long. Estimates suggest we just do this for hours and hours per day—making up these little fantasies in our heads, these little fictions in our heads. We go to sleep at night to rest; the body rests, but not the brain. The brain stays up at night. What is it doing? It's telling itself stories for about two hours per night. It's eight or ten years out of our lifetime composing these little vivid stories in the theaters of our minds.


/// Why are stories so trouble-focused? You have quite a bit of convergence among scholars and scientists who are looking at this from an evolutionary point of view, and what they're saying is that stories may function as kind of virtual reality simulators, where you go and you simulate the big problems of human life, and you enjoy it, but you're having a mental training session at the same time. There's some kind of interesting evidence for this, that these simulations might help people perform better on certain tasks.

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