I love stories. They’re wonderful things, helping us to understand the world around us, navigate our way through life and deal with the challenges that it throws up.
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Stories don’t only exist in the pages of books, we also use them to understand real life. When there are so many facts  competing for our attention we use stories, or narratives, to explain what is really going on. When  new facts come along we slot them into our pre-existing narrative, saving us from having to examine them too closely. If the story is good enough, with real drama and plausible heroes and villains, it may well continue long after the facts cease to convince