“We require data in order to describe such phenomena as contamination, genocide,
species extinction, and climate change,” observe the authors of Numbers and Nerves.
“But the data alone, while bolstering the authority of journalists and scientists, tend to wash past audiences with minimal impact.”
“In the past two decades, cognitive science has increasingly come to support the claimthat we, as a species, think best when we allow numbers and narratives…to work together.”
Numbers and Nerves – Information, Emotion and Meaning in a World of Data,
edited by Scott Slovic and Paul Slovic (Oregon State University Press, 2015)