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From Apes to Apps: How humans evolved as storytellers and why it matters (BiteSize Science Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Trish Nicholson
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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Our brains are structured to make sense of the world in the form of narratives – stories. Not only that, we are primed to believe the stories we hear. How could this have happened? And why does it matter?

In the easy style of the storyteller, social anthropologist, Trish Nicholson, discusses current research in neuroscience, psychology, archaeology and linguistics to explore these two key questions. It matters because adaptations that enabled us to thrive in prehistoric times leave us vulnerable in the changed environment of our global digital age.

"From Apes to Apps: How Humans Evolved as Storytellers and Why it Matters", is a cautionary tale none of us can afford to ignore.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 238 KB
  • Print Length: 56 pages
  • Publisher: Collca (6 Feb. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BCQTE58
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #481,914 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy Science 25 Feb. 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I came across these bite sized e-books from Collca, on twitter, I must say I really enjoy them. I had read this particular author's other two titles, which were, Journey in Bhutan and Masks of the Moryons. Both excellent travel books. I was a bit apprehensive about, From Apes to Apps. Science really isn't my thing. But I had no need to worry, Ms Nicholson is a first class writer, she does not dumb down in anyway and just carries you along with her wonderful writing. From early humans and how we evolved as storytellers, right up to modern research into how the brain works, where our storytelling actually lives in the brain. In a particular favourite chapter, she describes empathy and how as humans we do this in our every day lives in conversations and stories to each other. Most of us have empathy, she tells us about the ones who don't. She writes about how we are conditined to believe the stories we hear. You sense reading this book, that the author has a wealth of knowledge at her fingertips. She quotes great writers and scientists like Orwell and Darwin. At the end of the book there is a fantastic section on further reading and accreditation. A fine book in the great short story tradition.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant! 24 Feb. 2013
By Guuye
Format:Kindle Edition
I chose this rating because I learnt a lot and the book made me look at literature, languages and culture differently. I liked how it started as free and no rules to extreme complex layers in society. This book is most appealing to people who are interested in languages, history, culture and stories. Trisha Nicholson writes with great knowledge and yet takes you through the stories well.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Easy And Fascinating Read 18 Feb. 2013
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Having read, and so much enjoyed Trish Nicholson's 'Journey in Bhutan' and seeing that the title mentioned storytelling, I decided to try it, but I must confess that I found the prospect of reading a 'science book' rather scary. I thought 'From Apes To Apps' would go wizzing straight over the top of my head.
How wrong I was, particularly as it turned out to be the story of story, and I love stories. Even better, rather than making this exclusively highbrow science, the author has continued with her usual easy reading, humorous writing style. This, coupled with the book tying together and making sense of bits and pieces of knowledge that were just lurking in the shadows of my brain, it has also inspired me to put a couple of her recommended further reads on my TBR list.
There are some fascinating surprises in this book, especially on how reading stories can affect us, and there is a sting in the tail!
I would definitely recommend you to read it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating... 13 May 2014
By P. Kerr
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A very interesting inter-disciplinary account of the significant role of storytelling in human development, but it fizzled-out at the end.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Journey through time 28 Jun. 2013
By deniswright - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
From Apes to Apps: How humans evolved as storytellers and why it matters (BiteSize Science) [Kindle Edition]
Trish Nicholson (Author)

As a lifelong researcher on the importance of myth and its value in explaining fundamental societal and cultural truths, I found this book an eye-opening addition to understanding the psychology of story-telling across time.

In using this story-like style stripped of academic jargon, the book demonstrates its own thesis, which is quite a remarkable feat. It carries its scholarship lightly, yet the detail is very much there. We are driven by much more than rationality; thus, for example, the discussion of empathy (as distinct from sympathy) is especially useful

As she says, "storytelling drove our later evolutionary changes, forming a feedback loop that enhanced our cognitive abilities. Stories have made us: we are all born storytellers."

I believe this is far too rarely taken into account. It should be.

Denis Wright
@deniswright
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Easy and Fascinating Read 18 Feb. 2013
By S. C. Uden - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Having read, and so much enjoyed Trish Nicholson's 'Journey in Bhutan' and seeing that the title mentioned storytelling, I decided to try it, but I must confess that I found the prospect of reading a 'science book' rather scary. I thought 'From Apes To Apps' would go wizzing straight over the top of my head.
How wrong I was, particularly as it turned out to be the story of story, and I love stories. Even better, rather than making this exclusively highbrow science, the author has continued with her usual easy reading, humorous writing style. This, coupled with the book tying together and making sense of bits and pieces of knowledge that were just lurking in the shadows of my brain, it has also inspired me to put a couple of her recommended further reads on my TBR list.
There are some fascinating surprises in this book, especially on how reading stories can affect us, and there is a sting in the tail!
I would definitely recommend you to read it.
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