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By Rukmini Bhaya Nair

During this elegantly written and theoretically subtle paintings, Rukmini Bhaya Nair asks why humans internationally are such compulsive and artistic storytellers. Extending present examine in cognitive technological know-how and narratology, she argues that we appear to have a genetic force to manufacture as a manner of gaining the aggressive benefits such fictions supply us. She means that tales are a way of fusing causal and logical factors of 'real' occasions with emotional reputation, in order that the teachings taught to us as young ones, after which all through our lives through tales, lay the cornerstones of our most vital ideals. Nair's end is that our tales quite do make us up, simply up to we make up our tales.

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Because we hold fast to the belief that, despite Einstein’s equations, perceptual and physical time both flow always forwards, we are able to play narrative games with time— to cut it up, re-sequence and re-label parts of the body of Vac and then recombine them. Narrative is perhaps our most efficient way of packaging our perceptions of time, which in turn crucially promotes our sense of individual identity. Sorting events into a temporal format which enables easy storage, easy retrieval and easy cultural exchange confers a distinct evolutionary advantage.

That is what stimulates us most; this unavoidably cooperative creation of theories is what we are best at, even if they sometimes take outlandish, contestatory, and even painful forms. Not only because we make them for each other, but because we cannot make them without each other, our narratives in the last resort force on us a few unlikely lessons in tolerance and solidarity. One of the more paradoxical traits of narrative, as I emphasized in connection with the Indian rope trick, seems to be that it facilitates a reconciliation of conflicting sets of beliefs in our minds.

Anything is possible in narrative, because in truth anything is possible once we are able to develop some tolerance towards theories that seemed to us a little fantastic to begin with. As communicating cogs, we are bound to exchange narratives with Vac, Dennett, Searle—however strange their stories may appear to us, unless we wish to be excluded from the human conversation altogether—surely, a fate worse than death! Death. The point has been made before that the end of a story anticipates death.

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