Cognitive vulnerability to stories because of need to bind facts together into simple explanation, often only increasing the impression of understanding

“successions of anecdotes selected to fit a story do not constitute evidence”
“It is also naive empiricism to provide, in support of some argument, series of eloquent confirmatory quotes by dead authorities. By searching, you can always find someone who made a well-sounding statement that confirms your point ov view–and, on every topic, it is possible to find another dead thinker who said the exact opposite.”

Source: The Black Swan, Nassim Nicholas Taleb, xxvii