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Only Connect by Robert Mighall

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chapter one

Why Story

Once upon a time, as homo sapiens started to group together in larger and more complex social units, they developed increasingly sophisticated ways to communicate. The more intelligent they became, the richer and more varied were the ideas they sought to share. First orally, with sounds and gestures, then with metaphors, figures of speech and mythical fables, as narrative started to take on a life of its own. Or pictorially, as preserved in the extraordinarily vivid cave paintings which speak to us eloquently about what was important to our preliterate ancestors. Hunting scenes painted on cave walls point to the primeval need for stories. Celebrating glories in the past, they imparted vital knowledge for the present, and ...

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