The Story War:
Our lives are organized around stories. To whatever effect one regards evidence, known facts and the vigor of science, when it comes to how the mind navigates belief, we invariably reduce things into narratives.
A news article, whether true or not, tells a story. A peer reviewed paper published in a scientific journal, no matter how academically sourced, is still a story in form. The very nature of who we think we are and where we think we came from, whether by way of an all-seeing God or a chemically charged Big Bang, is still a story on the level of comprehension and communication.
The same goes for long-standing traditions, social devices and cultural symbols that we share. For example, the legal system, as an embodiment of society’s conduct codes, is often supported by moral narratives commonly advanced by religion or secular philosophy, related to what is deemed “right” or “wrong.”
This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at https://medium.com/@peter-joseph/a-post-truth-reality-non-evidence-based-belief-conspiracy-culture-and-limits-of-debate-67f1294161e9?source=rss-b7d495f80188------2