The Story Paradox by Jonathan Gottschall


Reading this book with the sun at my back on a Sunday — there’s a lot to unpack here. I’ll post a description from City of Asylum where I learned about this new read:

“Humans are storytelling animals. Stories are what make our societies possible. Countless books celebrate their virtues. But Jonathan Gottschall, an expert on the science of stories, argues that there is a dark side to storytelling we can no longer ignore. Yes, storytelling can bind groups together, but it is also the main force dragging people apart. And it’s the best method we’ve ever devised for manipulating each other by circumventing rational thought.”

3 comments on “The Story Paradox by Jonathan Gottschall”

  1. Hmm…does Gottschall mean stories that are one-sided or, worse, outright lies are “the main force dragging people apart?” “Main” is a big word here. This book intrigues me.

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    1. I think you’re right about his general perspective– the way that misinformation is spreading through storytelling is at an all time high. I have a 22 year old brother who lives on the internet and some of the things he thinks are true are alarming, but good luck convincing him otherwise. That’s an example I think of how storytelling is destroying truth that Gottschall argues — I was able to get this book from the library maybe you can, too.

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      1. I see that this book is in my library’s system. I also see other books including, in 2008, Literature, Science, and a New Humanities. Also sounds interesting.

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