Illustrated Book Of Bad Arguments
"A flawless compendium of flaws." -Alice Roberts, PhD, anatomist, writer, and presenter ofThe 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 wroteAn 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 laAristotle).
Here are cogent explanations of thestraw man fallacy, theslippery slope argument, thead hominem attack, and other common attempts at reasoning that actually fall short-plus a beautifully drawn menagerie of animals who (adorably) commit every logicalfaux pas. Rabbit thinks a strange light in the skymustbe 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 thatweretrue, he wouldn&t like the result (theargument 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 amustfor anyone in the habit of holding opinions.