How Can Stories Be So Powerful?

Maarten van Doorn
Jan 6, 2019 · 11 min read

A lot has been said recently about narratives. If you are at all interested in how humans understand reality, the term seems to show up everywhere

Their omnipresence is well-deserved. Stories are unique devices for making sense of the world. It’s how our brains work. As cognitive scientist Mark Tuner has said: “Narrative imagining — story — is the fundamental instrument of thought. Rational capacities depend…