We spend much of our lives living in imaginary worlds – worlds of made-up stories and hypothetical situations. Imagination is big business. As a species, we spend so much money on watching the fictional realities created in films that people involved in movie-making live multimillion dollar lifestyles and are treated like gods – their fashions, words and thoughts splashed all over the media. We live in the virtual realities of computer games; we read books, watch TV. And if that is not enough, we then go to sleep and spend all night creating stories in our heads: our dreams are wild fantasies, fictions we create for whatever reason – in short, we are, without a doubt, creatures with a huge hunger and capacity for narrative in any shape or form. One of the most interesting elements in the universe is the way our brain processes things, works out problems, expunges emotions and deals with grief, loss and so on, through story making.
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