Fiction is all around us — in the movies we watch, the books we read, the stores we tell each other. We all consume fiction every day, and telling made-up stories has been a part of the human experience since the dawn of man.
But why should we care? Fiction must serve some purpose in our lives, or it wouldn’t matter so much to us. What are the benefits of fiction?
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People love music. The exact type of music might change from person to person, but it seems like the interest in making music and listening to music is baked in to our DNA.
Music can have a powerful effect on people. It can make people laugh, provoke fear, bring them to tears, or make you tap your foot. Hearing a particular song can instantly bring back a memory from long ago.
But why? What is it about music that speaks to us as a species? Why does music make us feel anything at all?
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