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By Ali Almossawi

ISBN-10: 1615192255

ISBN-13: 9781615192250

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

The antidote to fuzzy considering, 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 convenient advisor is right here to convey 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 fantastically drawn menagerie of animals who (adorably) devote each logical faux pas. Rabbit thinks a wierd gentle within the sky must be a flying saucers simply because not anyone can turn out differently (the attract ignorance). And Lion doesn’t think that gasoline emissions damage the planet simply because, if that were precise, he wouldn’t just like the end result (the argument from consequences).

Once you discover ways to realize those abuses of cause, they begin to crop up in all places from congressional debate to YouTube comments—which makes this geek-chic e-book a must for an individual within the behavior of retaining opinions.


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Issues and events that affect our lives and the societies we live in, such as civil liberties and presidential elections, often cause people to debate policies and beliefs. Observing some of that discourse, one gets the feeling that a noticeable amount of it suffers from the absence of good reasoning. Of course, logic is not the only tool used in debate, and it is helpful to be cognizant of the others. Rhetoric likely tops the list, followed by concepts such as the “burden of proof” and Occam’s razor (the principle that, when seeking to explain a phenomenon, one should not introduce any more conjecture than is needed, also known as the principle of parsimony).

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. He resides in San Francisco with his wife and daughter, where he works as a data visualization designer on Mozilla’s Metrics Team, and occasionally collaborates with the MIT Media Lab.

Bibliography Aristotle. 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.

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