An Illustrated Book of Bad Arguments

An Illustrated Book of Bad Arguments

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"A flawless compendium of flaws." --Alice Roberts, PhD, anatomist, writer, and presenter of The Incredible Human Journey

The antidote to fuzzy thinking, with furry animals!

Have you read (or stumbled into) one too many irrational online debates? Ali Almossawi certainly had, so he wrote An Illustrated Book of Bad Arguments ! This handy guide is here to bring the internet age a much-needed dose of old-school logic (really old-school, a la Aristotle).

Here are cogent explanations of the straw man fallacy, the slippery slope argument, the ad hominem attack, and other common attempts at reasoning that actually fall short--plus a beautifully drawn menagerie of animals who (adorably) commit every logical faux pas . Rabbit thinks a strange light in the sky must be a UFO because no one can prove otherwise ( the appeal to ignorance ). And Lion doesn't believe that gas emissions harm the planet because, if that were true, he wouldn't like the result (the argument from consequences ).

Once you learn to recognize these abuses of reason, they start to crop up everywhere from congressional debate to YouTube comments--which makes this geek-chic book a must for anyone in the habit of holding opinions.


Publisher: New York :, The Experiment,, 2014
Edition: Second edition
ISBN: 9781615192250
Branch Call Number: ANF 168 ALM 2014
Characteristics: 55 pages : illustrations ; 19 X 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Giraldo, Alejandro

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MomoT Sep 06, 2016

Less "why do we always have to watch what you want to on TV?", more "your argument is flawed - we don't even have a TV".

This book gives you all the ammo you need to spot the failures in logic, linguistic manoeuvres and other tricks employed by people you're probably already disagreeing with on the Internet, but also rather more frighteningly the politicians who are running things. This book is a short, sharp course in "Know your BS 101" (complete with pithy illustrations).

Cheshire_Cat Nov 18, 2015

Very interesting, clever book that explains the characteristic logical flaws in certain types of arguments.

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Jun 06, 2015

I enjoyed reading this book, and I'll have to re-read it before I turn it back in because logic can be a twisty subject. My favorite illustration is the riff on "Alice in Wonderland" in which the little crane cannot have jam today, only every other day, and today is NOT every other day.

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