The Core Question reminds me of a simplified hero's journey—calling to adventure, committing to the journey, and crossing the threshold.

Josh Wilson asked: The Core Question reminds me of a simplified hero's journey - calling to adventure, committing to the journey, and crossing the threshold.

Hey Josh,

We definitely looked at Campbell's work in developing Muse. The largest change with what we've built is that our focus is on making the concepts understandable and connecting them to the outcome.

So the idea of a Core Question with an Ask, Acceptance, and Answer is far easier to grasp conceptually than an inciting incident, first act-turning point, and so on. But more than that, the Core Question also gets at the function of conflict and these three pieces–creating a question.

Campbell looked at how cultures told stories and the commonalities in our myths. We looked at how humans connect and the science around that. The clear overlap is a reflection, to me, that story is a reflection of life and that it's an evolved structure where it's 'fitness' is about maximizing transmission.

Thanks for sharing!