The Story Paradox by Jonathan Gottschall audiobook

The Story Paradox: How Our Love of Storytelling Builds Societies and Tears them Down

By Jonathan Gottschall
Read by Joshua Kane

Basic Books, Hachette Book Group 9781541645967

Unabridged

Format : Library CD (In Stock)
  • ISBN: 9781668603741

  • ISBN: 9781668603727

  • Available on 01/23/2022

    ISBN: 9781668609187

Runtime: 7.05 Hours
Category: Nonfiction/Social Science
Audience: Adult
Language: English

Summary

Summary

Storytelling, a tradition that built human civilization, may soon destroy it

We are storytelling animals. No other tool is as essential to human civilization as stories. Countless books celebrate their virtues. But in The Story Paradox, Jonathan Gottschall argues that there is a dark side to storytelling we can no longer ignore.

Stories tend to be divisive, and they are especially good at short-circuiting rational thought. Societies succeed or fail depending on how they manage these problems. And new technologies that amplify the effects of disinformation campaigns, cultural tribalism, conspiracy theories, and fake news have made separating fact from fiction nearly impossible.

With clarity and conviction, Gottschall reveals why our biggest asset is also our greatest threat, and what, if anything, can be done. It is a call to stop asking “How we can change the world through stories?” and start asking “How can we save the world from stories?”

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Jonathan Gottschall has written a gripping and thoughtful book on a neglected but urgent topic: the dark side of stories. With crisp prose and an array of fascinating examples, he demonstrates how our innate ability to spin tales can lead to distortion, dissolution, and destruction. The Storytelling Paradox is a bracing call to action to become more empathetic and to deploy narrative as a force for good.” Daniel H. Pink, #1 New York Times bestselling author

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Author

Author Bio: Jonathan Gottschall

Author Bio: Jonathan Gottschall

Jonathan Gottschall is a distinguished research fellow in the English department at Washington & Jefferson College. His research has been covered in the New York Times Magazine, the New York Times, Scientific American, the New Yorker, the Atlantic, the Chronicle of Higher Education, and on NPR. His book The Storytelling Animal was a New York Times Editor’s Choice selection and a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize.

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Details

Details

Available Formats : CD, Library CD, Playaway
Category: Nonfiction/Social Science
Runtime: 7.05
Audience: Adult
Language: English