One of the limits to our ability to evaluate information objectively is called ‘narrative fallacy.’ We let our preference for a good story cloud the facts and our ability to make rational decisions based on those stories.
We also have a limited ability to look at sequences of facts without being able to find an explanation, work out an explanation, or a logical link. But it is our explanations that bring facts together.
To stop stories being subjected to a deep narrative fallacy, we must continue to apply facts and logic to what we’re being told, or what we’re telling others. Where stories are based on our past, narrative fallacy will distort the recollection of the facts. It lures us into believing that we can explain the past away, in a way that supports our version of events.
We believe what we’re told without applying facts or logic. A current example of this is the rhetoric surrounding the Brexit debate going on at the moment in the UK. Divorced from reality and yet accepted by millions who choose to blindly accept what they’re being told. We don’t stop to question others’ motives.
Events in history are also based on narrative fallacy and although it’s too late for us to change how history played out, it’s not too late for us to change what’s happening in the here and now. We still have time.