An Illustrated Book of Bad Arguments
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.
Wonderfully digestible . . . I can t think of abetter way to be taught or reintroduced to thesefundamental notions of logical discourse.A delightful little book. Aaron Koblin, creative director, Google s Data Arts team I love this illustrated book of bad arguments. A flawless compendium of flaws. Alice Roberts, PhD, anatomist, writer, and presenter of "The Incredible Human Journey" Bad arguments, great illustrations . . . gorgeous. Cory Doctorow, BoingBoing.net Seriously, "An Illustrated Book of Bad Arguments" should be on every schoolcurriculum. Twitter will be a more civil place. Kevin Tang, BuzzFeed.com A great primer for anyone looking to understand logical fallacies . . . Pass it along tothe arguers good and bad in your life. Lauren Davis, io9.com Now more than ever, you need this illustrated guide to bad arguments, faulty logic, and silly rhetoric. Dan Solomon, "Fast Company" magazine online Share [this book] with your friends. Encourage your family members to flip throughit. Casually leave copies in public places. Jenny Williams, GeekDad.com [A] wonderful primer on the logical fallacies that have been screwing up our thinking. . . since shortly after the invention of dirt. Ron Kretsch, DangerousMinds.net"
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