Why Books Make Us Laugh | Jim Davies

August 5, 2014 12:11 PM

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Why Books Make Us Laugh | Jim Davies

Books are amazing things. When we read fiction, we can get strong emotional reactions. It's so common that we need to step back to even realize that it's mysterious. Why would we ever feel real emotions and laugh because of a made-up story?

More recently in our evolutionary history (but still a long time ago), people told each other stories. Language and the imagination worked together, as they do today, to generate simulated experiences in our heads upon hearing stories. We didn't have to wander into that valley to know that there wer...

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