In the event you are not aware of your latent appreciation of the ATU Fable Index, I give you The ATU Fable Index: Like the Dewey Decimal System, But with More Ogres by Cara Giaimo for Atlas Obscura.
Aarne--Thompson--Uther type 333? You are now joining the catalogue of Little Red Riding Hood variants. The index began recently in 2004--but the initial investigations began way before the aughts. It is quite a robust collection and reminds me a bit of the archetypes from Greek Mythology. Easily distilled into broad categories by syntax like The Heroes Journey for example...
One of my literary indulgences is reading Harper's Magazine. As of late, it serves as procrastination from the final weeks of my executive education program in Applied Data Science by Columbia School of Engineering. As well as several data projects, countless presentations, an ultra race in March and a writing workshop in April.
Data literacy and telling stories from data began after reading my first book by Stephen Few and his famous quote--Numbers have an important story to tell. They rely on you to give them a voice.
Harper's Magazine included an essay in their March edition, The Story of Storytelling.
Since Charles Darwin published On the Origin of Species in 1859, scientists have repeatedly proposed that the laws of biological evolution apply not just to bird and beast but also to creatures of the mind.
During the years when I was primarily working as a medical writer I was often asked to answer the questions, "So what?" Clients wanted to create a curiosity or an empathy in their stories--a plea to communicate why we should care about a specific therapeutic area, device, or statistic.
Unlike their predecessors in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, modern biologists no longer depend primarily on morphology and anatomy—on appearances—to establish evolutionary relationships between organisms. They can also compare their DNA, which maintains a record of familial mergers and divisions over great spans of time.
I would argue that a great story begins with a question. Often, teams focus on the data and the bigness of their ideas instead of the fundamental question.
First, we need the framework of our curiosity. And only then can we begin looking for the right data to flesh out deep moral insights and possibilities...
If we remove their layers of symbolism and subtext—which have been interpreted and reinterpreted for millennia—and focus on their narrative skeletons, we find that they are studded with practical and moral insights: people are not always what they seem; the mind is as much a weapon as the body; sometimes humility is the best path to victory.
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In a world of "evidence-based" medicine I am a bigger fan of practice-based evidence.
Remember the quote by Upton Sinclair...
“It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends upon his not understanding it!”
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