SSD Keynote Lecture- The Storytelling Animal: How Stories Make Us Human - LIB100/201 Approved!
Date and TimeWednesday, April 10, 2013
- Kirkhof Center » RM 2204 PERE MARQUETTE
The Storytelling Animal: How Stories Make Us Human Humans live in landscapes of make-believe. We spin fantasies. We devour novels, films, and plays. Drawing on the latest research in neuroscience, psychology, and evolutionary biology, Jonathan 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. National myths can also be terribly dangerous: Hitlers ambitions were partly fueled by a story. But as Gottschall shows in this remarkable book, stories can also change the world for the better. Most successful stories are moralthey 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.
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