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Nonsense: Red Herrings, Straw Men and Sacred Cows: How We Abuse Logic in Our Everyday Language Paperback – March 14, 2007
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About the Author
Robert Gula was educated at Colby College and Harvard University and taught a course on logic among many other subjects at the Groton School in Massachusetts. He authored or coauthored sixteen books in addition to NONSENSE.
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My only complaints about the book, 4/5 instead of 5/5, are as follows:
1) Some of his examples were shaky, almost rushed. It was if he needed something to demonstrate the fallacy or issue but didn't put as much time or energy into the development of said examples. This was not the case with all of his examples, but enough for me to feel a little disappointed.
2) He did not offer good solutions to combating apparent fallacy when it appeared. I kept wishing he would give good examples or explanations for dealing with or correcting deviations or fallacies, but he did not. Perhaps I ask for more than the book offers to deliver.
All in all, the book was very good. I was very pleased with the chapter on syllogisms (Formal Logic) at the end, and then the summary and recap of all the "fallacies" and their variants covered in the book. This was an excellent book, and a quick read. I would definitely recommend it to anyone who wants to enhance their critical-thinking skills.
with 1) fools or 2) people who know their position is untenable and try to manipulate the argument away from its origin into something
"else." A handy tool to use against internet trolls, message board spammers and other anonymous pests.
This is as at least worth while read as any Dale Carngie book... To successfully negotiate one must be able to remove personal emotion from their own perspective. This book certainly helps to understand why and does so in plain language.