The Hero With a Thousand Faces by Joseph Campbell The Storytelling Animal by Jonathan Gottschall Into the Woods by John Yorke The Triumph of Narrative. 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. Now Jonathan Gottschall offers the first unified theory of storytelling. He argues The Storytelling Animal finally reveals how stories shape us.

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Not only is the book short on insight and useful or innovative conclusions, it is written in the typical pop science style of endless repetition, entertaining but obvious exemplar anecdote and condescending tone of the schoolmaster. National myths can also be terribly dangerous: To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

They happen because bad men live to stalk our happiness. In this delightful and original book, Jonathan Gottschall offers the first Humans live in landscapes of make-believe. View all 4 comments. Basically, more questions are posed than answered; but the science which is discussed is remarkable and often times conclusive. Everything we see, hear, feel, dream, and experience is a story.

That people who read more fiction are more empathetic? Everybody loves a good story. It was inevitable, of course, for such a book to argue about the future of literary fiction in a time where the decreasing of reading is a worldwide phenomenon.

Drawing on the latest research in neuroscience, psychology, and evolutionary biology, Gottschall tells us what it means to be a storytelling animal and explains how stories can change the world for the better.

Like the magnificent storytellers past and present who furnish him here with examples and inspiration, he takes a timely and fascinating but possibly forbidding subject—the new brain science and what it can tell gottzchall about the human story-making impulse—and makes of it an extraordinary and absorbing intellectual narrative. The author is once again optimistic: But one day, the Storyteller noticed something different in the garden.



But when the storyteller leaves, my guy just sits there nursing his beer. Contrary evidence, that is to say, the vast majority of literature written during the XX century, is dismissed as a mere faux pas. They have been around since the dawn of man, they transport us to other worlds even as our bodies are stationary, and they are subjective stories are like line drawings which each individual fills in with color and shading, the author contends.

Those who praised the Emperor’s new clothes were gullible, ignorant, or sycophants. Is Jonathan Gottschall padding a portfolio for tenure? The thrust of the author’s arguments could have been stated in a long article. But now I have plenty of new frogs to kiss, and I know what I will do.

The realization that I am a walking work of fiction, albeit a constantly evolving one. But so far, none of the creatures had responded to her in the way they responded to their own kind. This would be fine if Gottschall was merely trying to enumerate the different types of stories that appear in our lives. Contents 1 The Witchery of Story. Drawing on the latest research in neuroscience, psychology, and evolutionary biology, Gottschall tells us what it means to be a storytelling animal.

This book was a disappointment. Happy stories create happy people.

Furthermore, it was proved many times that the stories can inexorably shape our future and sometimes indirectly the future of the others: This is by far the most compelling non-narrative nonfiction I was surprised upon picking up this book how little that is not story in our lives: And she watched in amazement as a well was built out of thin air.

Feb 21, Juan rated it it was ok.

And then he compares that to something completely mundane, a good conversation starting point, maybe asking, “What storytellig have saved this? Gottschall romps through a huge range of psychology, evolutionary theory, anthropology, media studies, and even the sociology of online multi-player gaming communities in spin If I could give a book a six-star rating, I’d probably give it to this book. Humans are hard-wired for story, from the oral tradition to the print era and beyond hint: Videos About This Book.


Gottschall tries to be so all-encompassing, from fiction to personal stories, that I didn’t get nearly as jonathzn out of this as I expected. But faulty memories are not necessarily a weakness. Evolution, Violence and the World of Homer describes the Homeric epic poems Iliad and Odyssey in terms of evolutionary psychology, with the central violent conflicts in these works driven by the lack of young women to marry and the resulting evolutionary legacy, as opposed to the violent conflicts being driven by honor or wealth.

The Storytelling Animal: How Stories Make Us Human

The author makes many bold claims, but backs them up with one or two cherry-picked studies that support his views without addressing the numerous studies that refute them. Humans are the storytelling animal. I loved when he hammers home that little girls are fundamentally different from little boys because of his own two daughters and one study he liked.

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The Storytelling Animal – Jonathan Gottschall

One would expect more from a book on the science of stories. She had forgotten that humans now had companions, and could reproduce storytellijg without the frog magic. He teaches at Washington and Jefferson College in Pennsylvania. They are ink people.

He was tall, strong, and handsome, and he immediately worshipped her and made her feel precious.