"Go into a movie theater. Sit in the front row, but don't watch the movie. Turn around and watch the people. In the flickering light, you will see a swarm of faces–light and dark, male and female, old and young–all staring at the screen. If the movie is good, the people will respond to it like a single organism. They will flinch together, gasp together, roar with laughter together, choke up together. A film takes a motley association of strangers and syncs them up. It choreographs how they feel and what they think, how fast their hearts beat, how hard they breathe, and how much they perspire. A film melds minds. It imposes emotional and psychic unity. Until the lights come up and the credits roll, a film makes people one." Jonathan Gottschall, The Storytelling Animal: How Stories Make Us Human

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