“When it comes to using new techniques on endangered species, we don’t have the luxury of trial and error,” Hildebrandt says. “Precision is essential.”
Stories also bring communities together by engendering “empathy and coherence”; we’re far more likely to understand another person’s position when emotions and narratives are involved. And, finally, stories build webs that help us rewrite our own personal narratives, not to mention cultural and mythic frameworks.
My social life and career tether me to London, but life in the Big Smoke can wear me down, so I've learned that solitary trips to the countryside — where I can play house in a cottage like the one from my dreams — are the perfect way to relax and recalibrate. There's something about being alone in nature, in a place where distractions are scant, that quiets the mind.