The Storytelling Animal: The Science of How We Came to Live and Breathe Stories
"Stories aren't merely essential to how we understand the world – they are how we understand the world. We weave and seek stories everywhere, from data visualization to children's illustration to cultural hegemony.
In The Storytelling Animal, educator and science writer Jonathan Gottschall traces the roots, both evolutionary and sociocultural, of the transfixing grip storytelling has on our hearts and minds, individually and collectively. What emerges is a kind of "unified theory of storytelling," revealing not only our gift for manufacturing truthiness in the narratives we tell ourselves and others, but also the remarkable capacity of stories – the right kinds of them – to change our shared experience for the better."