An Illustrated Book of Bad Arguments by Ali Almossawi

By Ali Almossawi

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

The antidote to fuzzy pondering, 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 ebook of undesirable Arguments! this useful advisor is the following to deliver the web age a much-needed dose of old-school good judgment (really old-school, a la Aristotle).

Here are cogent causes of the straw man fallacy, the slippery slope argument, the ad hominem assault, and different universal makes an attempt at reasoning that really fall short—plus a superbly drawn menagerie of animals who (adorably) dedicate each logical faux pas. Rabbit thinks an odd gentle within the sky must be a alien ship simply because nobody can turn out in a different way (the entice ignorance). And Lion doesn’t think that gasoline emissions damage the planet simply because, if that were precise, he wouldn’t just like the consequence (the argument from consequences).

Once you discover ways to realize those abuses of cause, they begin to crop up in every single place from congressional debate to YouTube comments—which makes this geek-chic ebook a must for an individual within the behavior of preserving opinions.

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Press, 2004. Pritchard, Charlotte. ” BBC News Magazine. November 19, 2012. uk/news/magazine-20356613. Russell, Bertrand. The Problems of Philosophy. London: Williams & Norgate, 1912. html. Sagan, Carl. The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark. New York: Random House, 1995. Simanek, Donald E. htm. Smith, Peter. An Introduction to Formal Logic. Cambridge: Cambridge Univ. Press, 2003. About the Author and Illustrator Ali Almossawi holds a Masters in Engineering Systems from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and a Masters in Software Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University.

Similarly, just because a proposition has good consequences does not all of a sudden make it true. As history professor and author David Hackett Fischer puts it, “It does not follow that a quality which attaches to an effect is transferable to the cause” [Fischer]. In the case of good consequences, such an argument may appeal to an audience’s hopes, which at times take the form of wishful thinking. In the case of bad consequences, the argument may instead play on an audience’s fears. ” Discussions of objective morality aside, the apparent grim consequences of a purely materialistic world say nothing about whether or not it is true that God exists.

On Sophistical Refutations. Trans. W. A. Pickard-Cambridge. html. Avicenna. Avicenna’s Treatise on Logic. Trans. and ed. Farhang Zabeeh. The Hauge: Nijhoff, 1971. Carroll, Lewis. htm. Curtis, Gary N. Fallacy Files. org. Damer, T. Edward. Attacking Faulty Reasoning: A Practical Guide to Fallacy-Free Arguments. 6th ed. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth Cengage Learning, 2009. Engel, S. Morris. With Good Reason: An Introduction to Informal Fallacies. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin’s, 1999. Farmelo, Graham. The Strangest Man: The Hidden Life of Paul Dirac, Mystic of the Atom.

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