Thursday, April 1, 2010

Fiction and Evolutionary Psychology

"It’s not that evolution gives us insight into fiction,” [Professor of English at Brandeis University, William] Flesch said, “but that fiction gives us insight into evolution.”

--In "Next Big Thing in English: Knowing They Know That You Know," by Patricia Cohen, in The New York Times, March 31, 2010.

The second-most e-mailed NYT article today.

Key words: literary Darwinism, "mapping wonderland," cognitive psychologists, memory, visual cortex, levels of intentionality, mechanics of reading, "altruistic punishers."

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