An Illustrated Book of Bad Arguments

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The Experiment, Sep 23, 2014 - Philosophy - 64 pages

“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.


 

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User Review  - JeffV - LibraryThing

Nice breakdown of various insidious argument types (AKA Facebook Newsfeed). It could have been better developed with more examples, but this is a nice summary. Read full review

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User Review  - bness2 - LibraryThing

A brief, surface overview of bad argument types, ad hominum and false dilemma to straw men and post hoc ergo propter hoc. It is a nice, simple overview, but it is the cartoons accompanying each bad argument type that makes this book fun. Read full review

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Contents

Who Is This Book For?
1
Preface
3
LOGICAL FALLACIES
6
Final Remarks
47
Definitions
49
Bibliography
53
About the Author and Illustrator
55
Cheer Up This Bear
56
Back Cover
57
Copyright

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Ali Almossawi holds a Masters in Engineering Systems from MIT and a Masters in Software Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University. He currently lives with his wife and daughter in San Francisco, where he works as a data visualization designer for Mozilla, while continuing to collaborate with his colleagues at the MIT Media Lab. Ali's work has appeared in publications such as Wired.

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