How We Tell Ourselves a Good Story

From a Wall Street Journal review by Frank Rose of the book by Gregory Berns titled “The Self Delusion: The New Neuroscience of How We Invent—and Reinvent—Our Identities”:

One day when he was 16, Gregory Berns was riding his bike on a road parallel to an interstate highway when a tractor-trailer suddenly veered off course and came straight at him. The driver swerved at the last moment, which is how young Gregory lived to talk about it. In his latest book, “The Self Delusion,” he tells us how he saw himself on his bike from above, then saw the truck jackknife in slow motion, slamming the cab into a hillside and ejecting the driver and another man. He doesn’t know if they lived or died. What he remembers is that he felt disembodied, watching it all happen as if to someone else. He was having what is known as an out-of-body experience, a state that has often been considered evidence of the paranormal.