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An Illustrated Book of Bad Arguments Hardcover – 2012
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“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 Data Arts team
“I love this illustrated book of bad arguments. A flawless compendium of flaws.”
—Alice Roberts, PhD, anatomist, writer, and presenter of The Incredible Human Journey
“A whimsical, straightforward primer . . . a guide to how to strengthen—and how not to weaken—your arguments.”
—Shelf Awareness, starred review
“A very good book every scientist should have. Every scholar, really.”
—Hope Jahren, author of Lab Girl
“This little book takes a potentially ponderous subject (logical fallacies) and makes it wonderfully entertaining.”
“Bad arguments, great illustrations . . . gorgeous.”
—Cory Doctorow, BoingBoing.net
“[A] handsome newcomer’s guide to the world of logic . . . Almossawi and his McSweeney’s-ready artist Giraldo accessibly tackle such classic subjects as circular reasoning, false dilemma, straw man, appeal to ignorance, and genetic fallacy . . . an attractive, substantive read.”
—John Wenzel, Denver Post blog
“Seriously, An Illustrated Book of Bad Arguments should be on every school curriculum. Twitter will be a more civil place.”
—Kevin Tang, BuzzFeed.com
“A great primer for anyone looking to understand logical fallacies . . . Pass it along to the arguers—good and bad—in your life.”
—Lauren Davis, io9.com
“Now more than ever, you need this illustrated guide to bad arguments, faulty logic, and silly rhetoric.”
—Dan Solomon, Fast Company magazine online
“Share [this book] with your friends. Encourage your family members to flip through it. Casually leave copies in public places.”
—Jenny Bristol, GeekDad.com
“[A] wonderful primer on the logical fallacies that have been screwing up our thinking . . . since shortly after the invention of dirt.”
—Ron Kretsch, DangerousMinds.net
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I never quite understood ‘post hoc, propter hoc’. I only thought I understood ‘slippery slope’. New to me were the terms that address things like 'not a cause for a cause’ or ‘composition and division’.
Having read this slender book I cannot claim to have mastered these terms, nor will I always recognize them in the wild. Still for a book of barely 50 pages; almost ½ given to illustrative cartoons, the learning experience is efficient.
A few words about the illustrations. For all their childlike appeal each one is well captioned to reinforce the point of the explanation.
This is one time I have to question the negative reviews. Too many are obviously driven by a demand for political purity that has nothing to do with the total content of the book. A few other complain that the logic is wrong – I disagree. Others are of the opinion that the discussion is too shallow. This is not a text book.
Unless you are a serious student of logical argument, Bad Argument may be the only reference you will ever need. A light hearted book with the ability to seriously improve your thinking, speaking and listening.
The cartoons, although very well drawn, aren't very good at illustrating the logical fallacy they're meant to represent. Many of them feel like they were doodled randomly and it was up to the author to find a way to make them fit with the page's material.
I feel like this book is a missed opportunity. With cutesy animal illustrations, simplified vocabulary, and more relevant examples, this could've been a great gift to give to a kid.
It's like a magazine in Fallout: New Vegas. No joke. You can look, see the page, see the error and see if it follows through with the erroneous belief presented.
The illustrations are great. The examples are good. Like seriously, I have no faults for this book. If you want to get it as a gag gift for your friend who gets madder than heck on the internet because he's always losing, this might be the thing to help him. Unless you know, you don't want him trying to pull this level of effort on you. In which case, buy this book yourself AND COUNTER ARGUE HIM LIKE AN EPISODE OF YU GI OH WITH LOGIC AS YOUR DECK AND THE HEART OF THE CARDS JUST BEING YOUR HEART YO.