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By Ali Almossawi

ISBN-10: 1615192255

ISBN-13: 9781615192250

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

The antidote to fuzzy considering, 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 deliver the net 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) devote each logical faux pas. Rabbit thinks an odd mild within the sky must be a alien craft simply because nobody can turn out another way (the entice ignorance). And Lion doesn’t think that fuel emissions damage the planet simply because, if that were actual, he wouldn’t just like the consequence (the argument from consequences).

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


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But even if a person would benefit from their argument’s acceptance, this does not mean they must be wrong. An ad hominem attack sometimes succeeds at changing the subject by devolving into a tu quoque exchange. For example, John says, “This man is wrong because he has no integrity; just ask him why he was fired from his last job,” to which Jack replies, “How about we talk about the fat bonus you took home last year despite half your company being downsized,” by which point the discussion has gone completely off track.

Distributed simultaneously in Canada by Thomas Allen & Son Ltd. First printing August 2014 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 To Danah—everything Contents Who Is This Book For? Preface Logical Fallacies Argument from Consequences Straw Man Appeal to Irrelevant Authority Equivocation False Dilemma Not a Cause for a Cause Appeal to Fear Hasty Generalization Appeal to Ignorance No True Scotsman Genetic Fallacy Guilt by Association Affirming the Consequent Appeal to Hypocrisy Slippery Slope Appeal to the Bandwagon Ad Hominem Circular Reasoning Composition and Division Final Remarks Definitions Notes Bibliography About the Author and Illustrator The first principle is that you must not fool yourself and you are the easiest person to fool.

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