Fears, meet validation: those procedures you endured at the dentist may have been unnecessary.
When narratives are examined through an evolutionary lens, they reveal shared cultural origins and the durability of storytelling itself, which has evolved as a kind of organism along with homo sapiens. “If any organism can achieve true immortality,” Ferris Jabr writes, “it is surely the story.”
What do humans and corals (and numerous other marine creatures) have in common? We all seem to find the moon irresistibly romantic.