Kevin Slavin:

If scientists are going to transmit information — and that’s what they should be trying to do — then they should recognize the most effective form of compression for that information: stories.

Yes, stories are lossy compression. They exaggerate this part over here, and leave out this other important idea. But the idea moves from one mind to many, and the utility of that transmission is as important as the idea that is being transmitted in the first place.