Brian Boyd


On his book On the Origin of Stories

Cover Interview of September 22, 2009

Editor’s note

Originally, this interview ran on the Rorotoko cover page under the headline

“Why we engage in art and fiction, and why these make us a special species.”

We highlighted two quotes.

On the first page:

“If evolution can help explain art—human minds at their most free and creative—then it can surely account without loss for any feature of human nature.”

On the second:

“Art at its best offers us the durability that became life’s first purpose, the variety that became its second, the appeal to the intelligence and the cooperative emotions that took so much longer to evolve, and the creativity that keeps adding new possibilities, including religion and science.”