Source: Neil Gaiman: How Stories Last – The Long Now
The summary on the site alone is good reading. Here’s its rendering of his conclusion:
“You can view people as this peculiar byproduct that stories use for breeding and transmission. They are symbiotic with us. They are the thing that we have used since the dawn of humanity to become more than just one person.”
If you’re not a member of The Long Now, the seminar’s available as a podcast.
Maybe members can see it in the player; I couldn’t. Got error about the video not being found. While the Long Now is trying to think long-term, they do seem to be dependent on a dying technology known as Flash for their player …