storytelling magic

But the limbic activity of those around us draws our emotions into almost immediate congruence. That’s why a movie viewed in a theater of thrilled fans is electrifying, when its living room version disappoints-it’s not the size of the screen or the speakers (as the literal-minded home electronics industry would have it)-it’s the crowd that releases storytelling magic, the essential communal, multiplied wonder. The same limbic evocation sends waves of emotion rolling through a throng, making scattered individuals into a unitary, panic stricken herd or hate-filled lynch mob.

From A General Theory of Love by Thomas Lewis, M.D., Fari Amini, M.D., & Richard Lannon, M.D.


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