How The Invention of Cooking Lead to Stories

Bear with me.

Early man burned a lot of calories chewing raw meat:

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Once we discovered fire and cooking, we didn’t have to work as hard to eat — so evolution put the excess calories to work growing our brains:

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Bigger brains meant bigger heads — at the same time that standing upright was shrinking our hips.

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Maybe you can see where this is going — bigger heads plus narrower hips meant painful childbirth.

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So, evolution started favoring premature births.

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Which explains why some animals are walking and hunting within hours of birth and human babies just kind of lie there for months.

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So, we needed a relatively fast tool for teaching, socialization, and survival skills.

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That’s when our big brains started paying for themselves. Bigger brains gave us the ability to abstract — to imagine. Which lead to storytelling.

And we’ve been teaching through stories ever since!

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