The emergence of language and the capacity for storytelling can be considered fundamental to our becoming human. Our brain seeks meaningful patterns - "the story" - in everything we see, hear or sense. Storytelling favors survival by activating a powerful inner world of association and meaning, enabling us to more successfully navigate the world, empathize with others, and develop abstract ideas. Similarly, the visual arts express and reflect back to ourselves our connection to nature and the cosmos in symbolic form. Thinkers since the time of Plato and Aristotle have described traits common to these forms of expression as archetypes: characters, images and scenarios that recur over time, patterns and structures that are fundamental in nature. Jung and Campbell are renowned for their insights into this rich realm of the psyche. What does all this evidence reveal about the deeper nature of consciousness? This talk will offer some interpretations, as well as explore broader aspects of storytelling and art throughout human history.
Day, Nick, "Hidden in Plain Sight: How Storytelling and the Arts Leave a Trail of Clues to the Deeper Nature of Consciousness" (2016). Embrace of the Earth 2016. 1.