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9 Post author: Matt_Simpson 08 November 2009 02:53AM

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Comment author: Matt_Simpson 08 November 2009 04:45:34PM *  1 point [-]

This isn't really a counterpoint. Cowen realizes that thinking in terms of stories is human and that we can't really get away from it completely without negative consequences (if at all). The point is that we are too apt to force complex, messy life into the simple stories that we tell ourselves. Like "life is a journey" or "good vs. evil" etc. Hence my summary that we should be more suspicious of them on the margin.