Why are we a storytelling species?

Apr 6, 2020

Why do we tell and engage with (listen, read, watch, play) stories compulsively? In our world of usually unsparing evolutionary competition, good information matters for organisms of every kind. How has a highly successful species emerged that spends so much of its time telling one another stories that both authors and audiences know are not true? And can an understanding of the evolutionary past of storytelling help enhance our enjoyment of its present?