Academic Jonathan Gottschall says if we forget the stories our tribe tells and show people empathy, we won’t be manipulated. However, he can’t show any to former US president Donald Trump (above, right), likening him instead to Voldemort, the dark wizard of the Harry Potter books and films (portrayed by actor Ralph Fiennes, above, left). Photo: Getty Images
Academic Jonathan Gottschall says if we forget the stories our tribe tells and show people empathy, we won’t be manipulated. However, he can’t show any to former US president Donald Trump (above, right), likening him instead to Voldemort, the dark wizard of the Harry Potter books and films (portrayed by actor Ralph Fiennes, above, left). Photo: Getty Images

Author advocates empathy yet for Trump he can find none, somewhat denting his argument about the power of stories and how to avoid being manipulated by them

  • American academic Jonathan Gottschall wrote a book about how stories ‘make us human’. Nine years on, he’s warning about their dangerous power to sway us
  • We can fight that with empathy, he says, yet he has none for Donald Trump, treating him like dark Harry Potter wizard Voldemort. Who’s being manipulated now?

Topic |   Books and literature
Academic Jonathan Gottschall says if we forget the stories our tribe tells and show people empathy, we won’t be manipulated. However, he can’t show any to former US president Donald Trump (above, right), likening him instead to Voldemort, the dark wizard of the Harry Potter books and films (portrayed by actor Ralph Fiennes, above, left). Photo: Getty Images
Academic Jonathan Gottschall says if we forget the stories our tribe tells and show people empathy, we won’t be manipulated. However, he can’t show any to former US president Donald Trump (above, right), likening him instead to Voldemort, the dark wizard of the Harry Potter books and films (portrayed by actor Ralph Fiennes, above, left). Photo: Getty Images
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