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Franklin Chen

The problem is that humans love a story. This is pretty fundamental. There is no way around this, so the only possible solution is to try to tell better, more accurate stories, rather than decry stories.

Andrew Gelman


Well, I don't know if this helps, but my post is called "Parables vs. stories" and in it I write, "I’m a statistician, and I like stories more than parables. I like that when I look into a story or a statistical example carefully, I can keep learning. I like the fractality of stories, the way that the deeper we look, the more we can learn." So, yes, I think stories are great and it's important to stress what they have to offer. Hence also this paper with Basboll, "When do stories work? Evidence and illustration in the social sciences."

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