A scientific paper shouldn't tell a good story but present a strong argument | Impact of Social Sciences
"Why would we encourage scientists to present their ideas in ways that key into 100,000 years of conditioned responses, hormonal stimulation, and emotional shortcuts? / It seems to me that a paper that has been written to mimic the most compelling features of Hollywood blockbusters are also, perhaps unintentionally, written to avoid critical engagement. / A scientific paper should be vulnerable to criticism; it should give its secrets away freely, unabashedly. / You are trying to be upfront about where your argument will collapse under the weight of whatever evidence the reader may bring to the conversation."

Or as Andrew Gelman puts it: storytelling is a valuable device in science, but "Instead of presenting a wrapped package of perfection, our explanation should have lots of accessible points: readers should be able to pull the strings so the arguments can unravel, if that is possible."
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