Numbers as used in stories

I have only just caught up with this article, “Stories or numbers OR stories and numbers” on the alliance4usefulevidence.org blog.

The first paragraph is: “The notion of numbers OR stories is a false dichotomy. Stories use numbers, numbers tell stories, numbers can paint pictures – and so on. The skilful story teller crafts the narrative according to what is more likely to persuade their audience.” 

………. and it ends: “In truth, as I suspect most of us know, there is no text, set of figures, picture or experience that is self-interpreting. That is why all of these stories use both words and numbers. Each story combines these different modalities rhetorically in an effort to persuade the intended audience of the importance and veracity of the account.”

It’s worth a read.

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