Friday June 16, 2017
Vestigial Tale, Part 1: What science tells us about the human drive to tell stories
Analysing stories is usually territory claimed by writers, critics, and university scholars. But recently, evolutionary psychologists have begun to look at the human propensity for storytelling from a scientific perspective. Why are we humans such suckers for a good story? Literary critics find the answer in story structure, characters, and plotlines. The literary Darwinists find the answer in evolution. Documentary-maker Chris Brookes looks at the evolutionary origins of human storytelling. Part 2 airs Friday, June 23. **This episode originally aired on May 26, 2015.
Participants in the programs:
- Jonathan Gottschall, literary scholar at Washington and Jefferson College in Pennsylvania, and author of the book The Storytelling Animal.
- Brian Boyd, distinguished professor at University of Aukland and author of the book On The Origin of Stories.
- Michelle Scalise Sugiyama, instructor and researcher at the University of Oregon.
- Martin Lovelace - associate professor of folklore at Memorial University of Newfoundland.
- Documentary makers Annie McEwen, Rob Rosenthal. Dublin storyteller Aideen McBride. Newfoundland storytellers Carl Pearcey, Mary Fearon, Andy Jones. Beekeeper Aubrey Golding. Writer Elizabeth de Mariafi. Kora musician and singer Boujou Cissoko.
- Narrative Theory And Function: Why Evolution Matters by Michelle Scalise Sugiyama
- Can Science Explain Why We Tell Stories? by Adam Gopnik
- The Literary Darwinists - The New York Times