An Illustrated Book of Bad Arguments by Ali Almossawi

By Ali Almossawi

“A perfect compendium of flaws.” —Alice Roberts, PhD, anatomist, author, and presenter of The superb Human Journey

The antidote to fuzzy considering, with bushy animals!

Have you learn (or stumbled into) one too many irrational on-line debates? Ali Almossawi definitely had, so he wrote An Illustrated e-book of undesirable Arguments! this convenient consultant is right here to deliver the web age a much-needed dose of old-school good judgment (really old-school, a la Aristotle).

Here are cogent factors of the straw man fallacy, the slippery slope argument, the ad hominem assault, and different universal makes an attempt at reasoning that truly fall short—plus a fantastically drawn menagerie of animals who (adorably) dedicate each logical faux pas. Rabbit thinks an odd mild within the sky must be a flying saucers simply because not anyone can end up differently (the attract ignorance). And Lion doesn’t think that gasoline emissions damage the planet simply because, if that were actual, he wouldn’t just like the end result (the argument from consequences).

Once you discover ways to realize those abuses of cause, they begin to crop up far and wide from congressional debate to YouTube comments—which makes this geek-chic ebook a must for somebody within the behavior of protecting opinions.


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Pylori bacteria in order to convince the scientific community that it may cause peptic ulcers, a theory that was, initially, widely dismissed. Advertisements frequently use this method to lure people into accepting something solely because it is popular. ” Although becoming a “cool kid” is an enticing offer, it does nothing to support the imperative that one should buy the advertised product. Politicians also use similar rhetoric to add momentum to their campaigns and influence voters. ” Here, the fact that someone is not a historian has no impact on the merit of their argument (since, of course, it is not the case that anyone other than a historian is automatically wrong on the subject), so it does nothing to strengthen the attacker’s position.

Glasgow: Fontana/Collins, 1975. Gula, Robert J. Nonsense: A Handbook of Logical Fallacies. Mount Jackson, VA: Axios Press, 2002. Hamblin, Charles. Fallacies. London: Methuen, 1970. King, Stephen. On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft. New York: Scribner, 2000. Minsky, Marvin. The Society of Mind. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1988. Pólya, George. How to Solve It: A New Aspect of Mathematical Method. Princeton: Princeton Univ. Press, 2004. Pritchard, Charlotte. ” BBC News Magazine. November 19, 2012. uk/news/magazine-20356613.

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