"Texas, by God"
and the
Randolph W. Farmer
Why Fiction Trumps Truth
Mon May 27, 2019 10:58

by Yuval Noah Harari, author of "Sapiens: A Brief history of Mankind", in the New York Times op ed section, May 26, 2019:

"When it comes to uniting people around a common story, fiction actually enjoys three inherent advantages over the truth. First, whereas the truth is universal, fictions tend to be local. Consequently, if we want to distinguish our tribe form foreigners, a fictional story will serve as a far better identity marker than a true story."

"The second huge advantage of fiction over truth has to do with the handicap principle, which says that reliable signals must be costly to the signaler....If political loyalty is signaled by believing a true story, then anyone can fake it. But believing ridiculous and outlandish stories exacts greater cost and is therefore a better signal of loyalty."

"Third, and most important, the truth is often painful and disturbing. Hence if you stick to unalloyed reality, few people will follow you. An American presidential candidate who tells the public the truth, the whole;e truth and nothing but the truth about American history has a 100 percent guarantee of losing the election."

All of which explains Earp Worship and malicious trolling by would-be authors of unconsidered history.

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