I may have already made this thread...
Anyway, I recently had an interesting drug experience, and it's got me thinking about narratives. A severe overdose on Terrence McKenna may or may not have anything to do with the following words.
I'm defining "narrative" here as "imagined links between cause and effect that produce a sense of cohesion". For example, you may look at someone's behaviour and say "x and y and z happened in their life, and on this occasion their state is being altered by w event, so that's why they're acting like that". This would be forming a narrative that justifies their actions to you. Similarly, you could imagine an identity for yourself (or others, or groups of people) based on a series of processes, occasions, and systems. For instance, my own narrative is one of a collection of self- and outward relationships evolved by outward antagonism and misunderstanding* down branching paths and into isolated processes with only nominal awareness of other such processes; and with various junctures associated to catalytic occasions.
*such a narrative can be compared to the complex of an "outsider hero", like Superman or Wolverine.
Like with my Mysticism thread, my questions are thus: to what extent can or be said to "own" narrative intelligence? Alternatively, in what ways do each IM manifest a narrative intelligence? Do other IMs, such as , have narrative intelligence, or do they simply exhibit "narrative agency" which may involve others and the self in a narrative, without reflecting on it?
inb4 Esaman evicting me from LII again.
inb4 everybody avoids a thread with the word "narrative" in the title