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fgolemo comments on The Danger of Stories - LessWrong

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Comment author: fgolemo 11 July 2013 05:08:34PM 0 points [-]

I know, tis pretty old, but some remark: How about the upsides of stories. I mean... a) we apparently are in a way programmed to find/make up stories, because they help us make sense of the world. Isn't it good, to break complicated stuff down into simpler stories, then tell those stories and make the audience want to hear more (or find out more themselves)? b) they stick. If I want to remember something I make it into a story or try to find it's internal story (or I stupidly repeat it over and over again if I really don't get it).

Don't get me wrong - I agree with a lot of what he says, but what he says is in turn a good-vs-evil story (as he said). Point I want to make: Stories aren't all that bad! :) Trying to fight our story-thinking a little seems to be good thing nevertheless, because e.g. with Kahneman's "all I know is all there is" mentality both (a) and (b) really are worthless.