30
Mar
09

A few random ponderings

Why do we think in narratives? It seems that narratives, on the whole, are how we perceive the world. Why?

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7 Responses to “A few random ponderings”


  1. March 31, 2009 at 6:59 am

    Well, everything is a story.

  2. 2 Pliny-the-in-Between
    March 31, 2009 at 12:18 pm

    Possibly because we evolved visual pattern recognition long before we developed written language. Pictographic memories probably fit well into narrative format.

  3. 3 Colloquy
    March 31, 2009 at 1:08 pm

    Darn it Pliney! I was sitting here pondering the question in a narrative fashion – and then along came your comment and halted my daydreaming in it’s tracks!

  4. 4 Pliny-the-in-Between
    March 31, 2009 at 1:32 pm

    DoH! Once again, why I rarely get invited to parties.

  5. April 2, 2009 at 4:53 am

    To see events as organized into a narrative is an often useful illusion. It allows us, for instance, to make plans and execute them.

  6. 6 Katie
    April 2, 2009 at 7:39 am

    I think it is partially because we are all so narcissistic, we all are the center of our own universes and thus are can afford to narrate ourselves

  7. April 15, 2009 at 12:30 pm

    not really narcissistic, though many people are… but natural. narcissism is a different thing.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2007/05/22/health/psychology/22narr.html


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