How Can Stories Be So Powerful?

Maarten van Doorn
Jan 6, 2019 · 11 min read

Stop 1: Stories that unify groups

Stop 2: Stories made up by our press secretary

Stop 3: Stories limit how we make sense of the world

Stop 4: Stories that our lawyer defends

Not a stop 5: stories that we believe in

The end


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The Understanding Project

Applying insights from cognitive science and social epistemology to everyday opinion-forming

Thanks to Nick Wignall

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Essays about why we believe what we do, how post-truth societies come to a public understanding about truth, and how we might do better.

Maarten van Doorn

Written by

PhD philosophy. Essays about why we believe what we do, how societies come to a public understanding about truth, and how we might do better (crazy times)

The Understanding Project

Essays about why we believe what we do, how post-truth societies come to a public understanding about truth, and how we might do better.

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