Tell Me a Story: Narrative and Intelligence

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Northwestern University Press, 1995 - Literary Criticism - 253 pages
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How are our memories, our narratives, and our intelligence interrelated? What can artificial intelligence and narratology say to each other? In this pathbreaking study by an expert on learning and computers, Roger C. Schank argues that artificial intelligence must be based on real human intelligence, which consists largely of applying old situations - and our narratives of them - to new situations in less than obvious ways. To design smart machines, Schank therefore investigated how people use narratives and stories, the nature and function of those narratives, and the connection of intelligence to both telling and listening. As Schank explains, "We need to tell someone else a story that describes our experiences because the process of creating the story also creates the memory structure that will contain the gist of the story for the rest of our lives. Talking is remembering". This first paperback edition includes an illuminating foreword by Gary Saul Morson.

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While other reviewers state that this book adds nothing new to the study of intelligence, it is a seminal work in challenging readers to think of the different ways that the brain processes story as compared to "facts," and the richness of story in both memory and understanding.

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I found the topic to be interesting, the idea that we absorb and package information through stories or more narrative like information. Some examples went into a great deal of details, which would be better for academics or really close analysis. Overall, I found it enjoyable. Read full review


Knowledge Is Stories
Where Stories Come From and Why We Tell Them
Understanding Other Peoples Stories
Indexing Stories
Shaping Memory
Story Skeletons
Knowing the Stories of Tour Culture
Stories and Intelligence

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Roger C. Schank is Director of the Institute for Learning Sciences and John Evans Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Psychology, and Education at Northwestern University. He is the author, with Peter Childers, of The Creative Attitude: Learning to Ask and Answer the Right Questions.

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