The Duck That Won the Lottery: 100 New Experiments for the Armchair Philosopher

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Penguin, Apr 28, 2009 - Philosophy - 336 pages
From the author of the "hugely entertaining"(Publishers Weekly) The Pig That Wants to Be Eaten, lessons in debunking the faulty arguments we hear every day

This latest book from the pop philosophy author of The Pig That Wants to Be Eaten tackles an endlessly fascinating area of popular debate-the faulty argument. Julian Baggini provides a rapid-fire selection of short, stimulating, and entertaining quotes from a wide range of famous people in politics, the media, and entertainment, including Donald Rumsfeld, Emma Thompson, Tony Blair, Bill Clinton, and Chris Martin. Each entry takes as its starting point an example of highly questionable-though oddly persuasive-reasoning from a broad variety of subjects. As Baggini teases out the logic in the illogical, armchair philosophers and aficionados of the absurd will find themselves nodding their heads as they laugh out loud. The Duck That Won the Lottery is perfect fodder for any cocktail party and pure pleasure for anyone who loves a good brain twister.

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User Review  - vguy - LibraryThing

Great fun; how we all fall into error thro sloppy thinking, and how the media and urban legendists build on that. Somewhat similar slant to Goldacre's Bad Science, but less sustained and angry. Uses ... Read full review

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User Review  - Diwanna - LibraryThing

Another great bathroom book, or for short-attention span readers. I did not enjoy it as much as The Pig Who Wants to be Eaten but it was still a thought-provoking read. Instead of touching on classic philosophical ideas, it covers common logical fallacies. Read full review


Title Page Copyright Page Preface
Just Dont Believe It Arguments from incredulity
Quantum Leaping Sheep Spurious science
CheeseEating Surrender Monkeys Selective quotation
Que Será Será If I dont somebody else will
Speak for Yourself The existentialist fallacy
The Amazing Psychic Poet Confirmation bias
Because I Say So Truth by stipulation
Radiohead Changed My Life It worked for
Mood Music The power of suggestion
Careful with Your Johnson Insensitivity to context
The End Is Nigh Perhaps Concealed caveats
Good for the Goose Good for the Gander Tu quoque
One Two Three Four We Dont Want Your Fascist War Fallacies of democracy
The Duck That Won the Lottery Post hoc fallacies
Does 6 Million Mean Nothing to You? Guilt by association

Dont Misunderestimate Me Lack of charity
Tap Water Is for Plants Getting it out of proportion
Sexy Like Me Automorphism
Eat Up Your GMs Non sequiturs 12 Feels Mighty Real Percipi est esse
Trial by Wardrobe Subtle undermining
The Wonder of Colorpuncture Loading the dice
Who Knows? Arguments from uncertainty
My Lucks Got to Change The gamblers fallacy
If You Wont Kill It Dont Eat It Wont and shouldnt
Fast Food Made Me Obese Shifting agency
If It Aint Clear It Aint Real Real and fuzzy distinctions
Milk Is for Cows Genetic fallacies
Murdered Yes Murderer No High redefinition
Dear Wise Reader Flattery
What Would Brian Boitano Say? Arguments from authority
Reading Between the Lines It sends the wrong message
Moderates Need Not Apply Distorting to balance
If Only Id Known Post facto rationalizations
Coffee Enema Conquers Cancer Begging the question
Its OKI Understand Explanation is not justification

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Julian Baggini is the editor of The Philosopher’s Magazine.

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