Forgive me while I geek out for the rest of the week about this fantastic conversation! After reading Angus’ book Wonderworks: Literary Invention and the Science of Stories, I knew I had to get him on the show. Story, myth, and narrative are incredible tools for change, and knowing how they affect us down to the neurological level is Angus’ specialty. Listen in for…

-How narrative shifts not just our perspective, but our entire life.
-How literature and apology are two of the oldest, most powerful human inventions.
-A quick look at why AI will never surpass human intelligence
-How we’re losing narrative diversity—and why that’s leading to polarization.
-The function of anger.

Angus Fletcher is a professor of story science at Ohio State’s Project Narrative, the world’s leading academic think-tank for the study of stories. He has dual degrees in neuroscience and literature, received his Ph.D. specializing in Shakespeare from Yale, taught Shakespeare at Stanford, and has published two books and dozens of peer-reviewed academic articles on the scientific workings of novels, poetry, film, and theatre. His research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the Mellon Foundation, and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. He has done story-consulting for projects for Sony, Disney, the BBC, Amazon, PBS, and Universal, and is the author/presenter of the Audible/Great Courses Guide to Screenwriting.

Connect with Angus


-Book: Wonderworks: Literary Invention and the Science of Stories:



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