Nar­ra­tive Fallacy

TagLast edit: 3 Oct 2020 16:58 UTC by Swimmer963 (Miranda Dixon-Luinenburg)

The narrative fallacy addresses our limited ability to look at sequences of facts without weaving an explanation into them, or, equivalently, forcing a logical link, an arrow of relationship upon them. Explanations bind facts together. They make them all the more easily remembered; they help them make more sense. Where this propensity can go wrong is when it increases our impression of understanding.

—Nassim Nicholas Taleb, The Black Swan

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Why You’re Stuck in a Narrative

[deleted]4 Aug 2009 0:31 UTC
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Heuris­tic: How does it sound in a movie?

Stabilizer28 Oct 2012 1:30 UTC
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Bayesi­anism for hu­mans: pro­saic priors

BT_Uytya2 Sep 2014 21:45 UTC
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Con­spir­acy The­o­ries as Agency Fictions

[deleted]9 Jun 2012 15:15 UTC
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An­drew Gel­man on “the rhetor­i­cal power of anec­dotes”

[deleted]23 Apr 2012 17:04 UTC
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Miss­ing the Trees for the Forest

Scott Alexander22 Jul 2009 3:23 UTC
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Fic­tion Con­sid­ered Harmful

abramdemski8 Oct 2015 18:34 UTC
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