Friday, November 8, 2013


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“Anecdotes aren’t data.”

 Anecdotes or Numbers?

Anecdotes just provide a starting for investigation. We need scientific methods to reason something. We all know this. The problem is our feeling is lousy with numbers (e.g., statistics), and very sensitive to story. So, we see a lot of interesting stories with no insight or insightful stories with no appeal. Use the guideline above to help you become a great story teller. 

“If I look at the mass, I will never react. If I look at the one, I will.” -- Mother Teresa

“If the death of one is a tragedy, the death of a thousand should be a thousand times worse. But, our feelings simply do not work that way.

“The death of one man is a tragedy. The death of millions is statistics.”--Joseph Stalin

Big numbers

Big numbers show the significance to the audience. It is good to say something link I once spoke in front of 30,000 people. But using big number over and over again can have negative effect, because numbers tend to interfere with story telling. Study shows that telling anecdotes together with statistics is sometimes worse than giving anecdotes alone.

Ratio and Numbers

        Our feeling also find ratio easier to visualize than number. A medicine which saves 95% of  200 people is preferred over a medicine which save 200 people. Our feeling doesn’t react to the number 200. But it’s react to something almost full (i.e., 95% in this case).        Evolution affects not only our body but also our mind. For example, everyone is afraid of snake, even for those who live in Antarctic where there is no snake 

SOURCEThe Science of Fear: How the Culture of Fear Manipulates Your Brain 

Book or Audiobooks?

Personally, I prefer audiobooks. It's fun, and I can listen when I'm doing something else. It also makes other activities (e.g., jogging) a lot more fun. For more detail about audiobooks, please read [this post].

There is one more reason that may encourage you to go for the audiobook version. You can get it now for FREE. Audible offers you a free trial for 14 days. Even if you get the book and cancel the subscription right away (so that you don't have to pay), you can keep the book. And, don't worry if you lost the audiobook file. Just log into You can keep downloading the over and over again.

   About the summary: It takes time to finish up a book. And, when you do, sometimes, you want to review what you learn from the book. If you do not make  notes as you read, you might have to go through the book once again. This can be time-consuming when you are dealing with a book. But you can still flip through the book and locate what you are looking for.

However, when the material is an audiobook, it is extremely hard to locate a specific part of content. Most likely you will have to listen to the entire audiobook once again.

This book summary will help solve the pain of having to go through the book all over again.

I am leaving out the details of the books. Most books have interesting examples and case studies, not included here. Reading the original book would be much more entertaining and enlightening. If you like the summary, you may want to get the original from the source below.

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