What was your childhood like? Are you sure? Research shows that we create stories about our lives and believe them even when they’re not accurate. We depend on stories as the key to understanding and remembering our lives. The power of stories can be used for good and for evil. Stories can make us buy products, remember school lessons, vote for candidates, and go to war. Why do stories have such sway over our beliefs and our behaviors? Why did we evolve to be storytelling animals?
TRBQ Podcast #11 — The Triangle Is a Bully
The human instinct to tell stories is strong. So strong, in fact, that sometimes people see stories when they’re not there.
TRBQ Podcast #10 — Stories are dangerous
Storytelling is an integral part of human culture. It teaches, enlightens and connects.
But according to author and playwright Anne Bogart, it can also be dangerous.
Heider-Simmel: Is there a story?
Back in the 1940s, psychologists Fritz Heider and Marianne Simmel made a simple animated film. Heider and Simmel used it in an experiment: They asked people to watch the film and describe what they saw happening.
Try it out yourself.
TRBQ Podcast #9 — E.O. Wilson on storytelling
Unraveling the truth behind why human beings tell stories requires a scientist who can explain science to non-scientists.
Enter E. O. Wilson.