Thoughts on Tell Me A Story: Narrative and Intelligence chapters 2 and 3

I like that right at the beginning the author refer to what we tell each other as stories. In the minute an event is told by a person it becomes a story. Facts can lose their meaning in official stories.

From the reading, it seems that the author has a very analytical approach toward storytelling. He even mentioned doing observations on his daughter Hana.

The author says there is a correlation between being intelligent and a good story teller.

The reading made me question what is more important to tell something that is close to reality or being a good story teller.

It reminded me of the great movie “the invention of lying”:

Why do we tell stories and how we understand stories?

These questions reminded me what I learned in on of my classes in cognitive science. Our brain works with schemas. Stories are an effective way of receiving and giving information. The stories need to fit the patterns that we know

It made me think of how can nonlinear stories be successful when they are not fitting to the patterns on which we listen and tell stories.


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