The Failure Of Facts

Yale law school professor Dan Kahan’s new research paper, “Motivated Numeracy and Enlightened Self-Government," outlines research showing that not only do people with beliefs refuse opposing facts, the more facts thrust on them, the more firmly they resist them. Those of us who teach and work with storytelling now have research to support what we have at least intuitively known. It's an important lesson for anyone in the sciences, economics and other fact based endeavors. It speaks to how stories have a unique power facts lack.