Narrative vs. Truth

So the next time you hear a good story about why the financial recession, or any other economically significant event, was caused by a single collection of bad actors — or how a simple linear narrative “explains” an important event — remember this: Just as we are wired to like a diet rich in fats and sugars, we have an appetite for simple, coherent narratives. Neither habit is good for our long-term health.

via Our Gift for Good Stories Blinds Us to the Truth – Bloomberg

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2 thoughts on “Narrative vs. Truth

  1. Any legislative change represents a “splash of sugar water” for those predisposed to test the edges of excessive greed. It’s not good for them, and we end up paying for their financial diabetic coma.

  2. “Just as we are wired to like a diet rich in fats and sugars, we have an appetite for simple, coherent narratives.”

    That seems like a pretty simple and coherent narrative. And yet…it’s true.

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