The Storytelling Animal: How Stories Make Us Human

Humans are storytelling creatures, spending our lives both waking and dreaming in what the author refers to as Neverland. His premise is summed up in one paragraph: "Humans are creatures of Neverland? Neverland is our evolutionary niche, our special habitat. We are attracted to Neverland because, on the whole, it is good for us. It nourishes our imaginations; it reinforces moral behavior; it gives us safe worlds to practice inside. A story is the glue of social life-defining groups and holding them together. We live in Neverland because we cannot not live in Neverland.