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Narrative HumanismKindness and Complexity in Fiction and Film$
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Wyatt Moss-Wellington

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781474454315

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474454315.001.0001

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Mental Work and Memory

Mental Work and Memory

(p.98) Chapter 5 Mental Work and Memory
Narrative Humanism

Wyatt Moss-Wellington

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter covers fantasy, imagination and play, the way stories can offer autotelic relief from purposeful cognitive work, the way we ogle at the invention of other humans through story, the comparison of our fantasy lives to our real lives, and story as humour, titillation and mateship display. It also covers the values of pattern recognition, memory and symbolism, and how we exercise these unique competences in narrative.

Keywords:   Fantasy, imagination, play, humour, reductionism, titillation, mate selection, memory, need-for-cognition, pattern recognition

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