March 29th, 2006

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The Science of Discworld II1 has as its central theme the idea that we would more properly be named not Homo sapiens (wise man) but Pan narrans (storytelling chimpanzee); that the capacity to make up 'stories', in the broadest sense, and use them to make sense of the world, is what distinguishes us from other apes.

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No conclusion, just a bunch of related thoughts I felt like sharing.

1 Which is a very interesting popular science book & much better than the title might suggest. If you are allergic to Pratchett you can skip alternate chapters without marked loss of comprehension.
2 This has more to do with smugness than modesty - I have this image of myself as someone who just quietly gets on with things instead of making great Dramas of them.