Manvir Singh
PhD Candidate, Harvard University

Manvir Singh is a PhD candidate in the department of human evolutionary biology at Harvard University. He is interested in the social, cognitive and cultural evolutionary foundations of complex cultural traditions that reliably develop in human societies, including law, music, story, shamanism and witchcraft.

Written by Manvir Singh

Detail from a US poster for the 1948 film production of Charles Dickens’s Oliver Twist, directed by David Lean. Photo by LMPC/Getty

Stories and literature
Orphans and their quests

The sympathetic plot is a type of story, rich in tropes, that is universal to human cultures. With one big twist…

Manvir Singh