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April 12, 2013


Marc Anthony

Cowen should have focused more on what he knows - Economics - rather than what he really doesn't understand - Narratology.

Oliver Ihloff

He basically sums up the talk after the 13 minutes mark. You gotta know where he came from (Economics) to understand his worries about storytelling.
He specifically states that he doesn't think it's bad, but it's abused and it's up to us to be wary and critical when it comes to story, cause the 'real' story might be in the untold details.

Allison Shapira

Interesting TEDx talk, especially for someone like myself who teaches public speaking (including storytelling).

It sounds like Cowen's warning is about the danger of inaccurate and incomplete information - which can apply to stories or to any kind of information we provide or receive.

Given this warning, I'd want to hear how he defends his assertion that, "Every time you're telling yourself a good vs. evil story, you're basically lowering your IQ by 10 points or more."


That's why I love Hayao Miyazaki. He always sets you up in the beginning with the good-guy bad-guy conflict, then he begins revealing motivations behind each character. In the end you realize that all sides are equal and that the morals are all subjective.

Anil Dilawri

If nothing more, the talk by Tyler Cowen is excellent proof as to why academics should not be presentation coaches.


It is only a fool that accepts every utterance without verification.http://unn.edu.ng/department/library-and-information-science shows how to verify information

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