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 really good Human Journey

The antidote to fuzzy pondering, with hairy animals!

Have you learn (or stumbled into) one too many irrational on-line debates? Ali Almossawi definitely had, so he wrote An Illustrated publication of undesirable Arguments! this convenient advisor is right here to carry the web age a much-needed dose of old-school common sense (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 a wierd gentle within the sky must be a alien craft simply because not anyone can end up in a different way (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 outcome (the argument from consequences).

Once you discover ways to realize those abuses of cause, they begin to crop up all over from congressional debate to YouTube comments—which makes this geek-chic booklet a must for an individual within the behavior of retaining opinions.


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This book is aimed at newcomers to the field of logical reasoning, particularly those who, to borrow a phrase from Pascal, are so made that they understand best through visuals. I have selected nineteen of the most common errors in reasoning and visualized them using memorable illustrations that are supplemented with lots of examples. My hope is that the reader will learn from these pages some of the most common pitfalls in arguments and be able to identify and avoid them in practice. Preface The literature on logic and logical fallacies is wide and exhaustive.

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