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used in Can Science Explain Why We Tell Stories?

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  • This thesis may or may not be true, but it has the excitement of a theory that surprises: it's a good story.
  • Gottschall's encouraging thesis is that human beings are natural storytellers—that they can't help telling stories, and that they turn things that aren't really stories into stories because they like narratives so much.
  • It is rare to see a thesis actually falsified as it is being articulated.
  • Robin Dunbar's "Grooming, Gossip, and the Evolution of Language," from a few years back, for instance, had a thesis and a sharp one: that primates groom each other not to pick out nits, which do not really trouble them, but as a form of gossip, a way of exchanging social information—who grooms who for how long tells who's up and who's down.

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