Narrative Pandemics & Our Propensity for Drama

Around Thanksgiving, my uncle emailed a paper to me by Nobel Prize winner Robert Shiller: Narrative Economics. Shiller’s idea is that collective human psychology is governed by stories. It’s all about what feelings a story reinforces, and what feelings it induces.

Stories are far more infectious than any disease. Long before the virus had even been discovered to have left Asia, I was…