Copied from Facebook, on brains and storytelling.

Robin’s meeting + another conversation = thinking about neurological traits and storytelling. Skippable comment spam ahoy!

Considering: cluttering (a trait I have) comes from a tendency to consider all ideas for relevance. Good at cross-referencing. Not so good at creating spontaneous narratives, because so much on-the-fly brainpower is spent evaluating for relevance rather than weighing and linking in a story.

Good on-the-fly narrative construction comes from an intuitive ability to discard the irrelevant. It’s useful in lots of ways. On the other hand, lots can get lumped into that instinctive discard including some stuff that maybe shouldn’t be, considered from a more long-term perspective. Both models are useful to society, maybe even required for society as we know it.

I retain stories best when I don’t consume them in one go, when there are forced breaks between installments where I can think it over and internalize and order what I’ve consumed. I like to write because I can apply additional weighting to what I’m thinking, and order it better.

I’ve /learned/ what needs to be done in order to make good stories, and not poorly, I think. As long as I’m not discussing my own life, where I cannot yet separate the bits others will find most important from what I find most important. So I don’t post blog entries very much, because I have very little personal story to tell, just a boring list of events.

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