Oola and the Hose Monster

Oola and the Hose Monster

Our dog really liked drinking from the hose, but she hated having it splash her in the face. So she worked and worked until she got it just right–the water flowing full force straight down her throat, no splash. Watching her arrive at that exact position was like watching her wrestle with some kind of splash monster until she’d won. And every time I watched her do it, I held my breath until she’d conquered  the Hose Monster...

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Wired for Story

Wired for Story

Recent research indicates humans are wired for story. Keith Oatley, an expert in cognitive psychology and a novelist, thinks stories are like flight simulators. They prepare us for life’s ups and downs the way a simulator prepares a pilot for unseen turbulence. Steven Pinker, an evolutionary psychologist, similarly thinks that telling stories allowed us to see ahead and anticipate new situations. Those who were receptive to stories...

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