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An Illustrated Book of Bad Arguments
by Almossawi, Ali

ISBN: 9781925106244
PUBLISHER: Scribe Publications
FORMAT: Hardback
PAGES: 64
PUBLICATION DATE: 19.11.2014
DIMENSIONS: 21.1 x 18.6 x 1.3 centimetres

DESCRIPTION:
Silly Rabbit! Your Argument is Ill-founded. 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 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 parliamentary debate to YouTube comments - which makes this geek-chic book a must for anyone in the habit of holding opinions. It's the antidote to fuzzy thinking, with furry animals! 'Wonderfully digestible ...I can't think of a better way to be taught or reintroduced to these fundamental notions of logical discourse. A delightful little book.' Aaron Koblin, creative director, Google's Date Arts team

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