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  •  That's what happens when people don't realize (5+ / 0-)

    it's happening. Does calling attention to it make people capable of being better at accepting the numbers?

    We've known for a long time that facts don't change people's minds. The best way to go about changing someone's point of view is through stories, through personal examples, through morals. It's how Obama won his first election and it's often why he struggles to convince folks now because he seems to rely heavily on facts but doesn't always take the time to make the moral connection.

    •  But (0+ / 0-)

      are these

      the best way to go about changing someone's point of view is through stories, through personal examples,
      not facts.  They are more nuanced and contain more data, IMHO, then a list of numbers and/or statistics.

      "In short, I was a racketeer for Capitalism" Marine Corp Brigadier General Smedley D. Butler

      by Kevskos on Thu Sep 19, 2013 at 09:18:24 AM PDT

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      •  The kind of stories I'm talking about rarely (1+ / 0-)
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        contain facts, as in data. They're the kind of story that makes a connection. For example, during the 2008 campaign, I was more likely to convince a veteran to vote for Obama by explaining my circumstances as a military wife that I was by listing all the reasons why I thought Obama would pull out of Iraq. No data at all... pure emotional reasoning. But it made an impact.

        •  But (0+ / 0-)

          those are facts unless you are lying.  Facts in a story give them substance and meaning unlike facts in a chart of statistics.  That is why they made an impact.

          "In short, I was a racketeer for Capitalism" Marine Corp Brigadier General Smedley D. Butler

          by Kevskos on Thu Sep 19, 2013 at 11:06:52 AM PDT

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