The unique animal and plant species on Madagascar like this Verreaux's sifaka, a type of lemur, face a changing climate that could make parts of their island unsuitable for the species living there now. Credit: Martina Lippuner/WWF
If we have within us a biological need to internalize a rather permanent story of what the world is about, then not having a story, or being confronted with the changing story of science, could trigger a personal crisis. What if, however, our story becomes the story of how stories change? Even if we can’t ground ourselves in an immortal story anymore, the immortality can be had in the story of how we make stories, of how we find stories through science. Rather than just celebrating the new cosmology, we could celebrate, say, this week’s top science story in the journal Nature and the story of how that new story came to be. Keeping current means we would be celebrating the story of the changing story.