Ancient campfires led to the rise of storytelling

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Sometime about 400,000 years ago, humans learned to fully control fire. This breakthrough radically changed our diets, because we could now cook food, but did it transform our culture as well?

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….Campfires allowed human ancestors to expand their minds in a similar way and also solidified social networks.

“Stories told by firelight put listeners on the same emotional wavelength,” she writes in the paper, and “elicited understanding, trust, and sympathy.” Continue reading