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  • Searching for Joe Biden’s story

    It seems that every four years, history repeats itself, and something causes me to write about US politics. Of course, the recurring nature of this phenomenon has something to do with a forthcoming presidential election. At the same time, my perspective on such events is not at all political. So, just as I did when I wrote about Hillary Clinton

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  • Story is simply the way we think

    At the conclusion of the previous post, I was looking back and reflecting on the early months of my doctoral research. In particular, I recalled my surprise at the large number of writers and researchers I encountered whose work pointed me toward a straightforward conclusion: human beings think in story form. In fact, when I began studying the theoretical aspects

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  • All our thinking happens in story form

    Nearly three decades ago, when I began to focus on narrative as a subject of my research, I was truly surprised—and often intrigued—by some of the notions I came across. For example, the concept that story-based knowledge would play a central role in the decision-making of such people as doctors, helicopter pilots or fire fighters was something that seemed counter-intuitive to me.

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  • The value of narrative knowledge in all types of decision-making

    In the last entry, I cited an additional element of narrative that began to interest me during my doctoral study—the role story plays in various types of decisions. As I explored this concept further, I continued to find evidence that people who make critical decisions use narrative approaches far more than structured or scientific ones. The whole topic of how

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  • We make decisions based on the stories we know

    In several posts, we have seen that stories are an invaluable form of knowledge, and not only by virtue of the fact that we remember anecdotes easily. Research in psychology and neurology has clearly demonstrated that narrative stays readily accessible in our memories. Therefore, this form of learning is usable far longer than facts, theories, or rational arguments. Some of

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  • Story, theatre and learning

    Last time, we took a look at narrative’s powerful combination of sequential structure, context and emotion. We saw how the three elements together make story and storytelling highly usable tools for teachers. Of the three elements in question, the one I addressed least was emotion. Now, I would like to hone in specifically on why this emotional component is one we

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