Dystopian Fiction: How Stories Transform Your Mind

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Today I get to talk about two of my favourite books: 1984 and Brave New World. Together, these novels paint a full picture of how human beings are susceptible to the tactics of totalitarian regimes. They also show how art is a vital protection against any system of control, as it enhances a society’s ability to empathize.

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Crash Course recently did an episode on 1984:

Works Cited:

New School Study on how Literary Fiction improves empathy:

Claremont Graduate School: “Future of Storytelling: Paul Zak”

National Endowment For The Arts study on the decline of reading:


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