This is what a typical fable looks like (Number I, as it happens):

The ‘moral’ – or rather lesson – of each fable is always to be found in the last verse, so that every fable is a self-contained nugget of brain-science.

For many readers, the story and its lesson will provide ample food for thought and discussion. Reading the whole book will breed familiarity with most if not all the most intriguing findings of psychology from its long history.

Those who wish to delve deeper however can additionally turn to the accompanying reference at the end of the book, which in this instance looks like this:


It contains (i) a keyword (here, “Conformity”) that can be used as a search term online, and (ii) a citation of a particular academic paper that sheds scientific light on the lesson and gives references to further reading matter. The latter is of particular value to formal students of psychology.

The e-book of Philosophick Fables additionally provides a link from each keyword to an online article that will flesh out the particular topic. It’s very handy for anyone eager to be an instant expert!