AN ILLUSTRATED BOOK OF BAD ARGUMENTS

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“I love this illustrated book of bad arguments. A flawless compendium of flaws.” — Prof. Alice Roberts, Anatomist, Presenter of the BBC's 'The Incredible Human. download An Illustrated Book of Bad Arguments on tisidelaso.gq ✓ FREE SHIPPING on qualified orders. Editorial Reviews. Review. “Wonderfully digestible I can't think of a better way to be taught An Illustrated Book of Bad Arguments by [Almossawi, Ali].


An Illustrated Book Of Bad Arguments

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Compre o livro An Illustrated Book of Bad Arguments na tisidelaso.gq: confira as ofertas para livros em inglês e importados. An Illustrated Book of Bad Arguments is a book on critical thinking written by Ali Almossawi and illustrated by Alejandro Giraldo. The book describes 19 logical. An Illustrated Book of Bad Arguments is a project aimed at teaching newcomers to the field of critical thinking, particularly younger ones, the importance of.

There is a small park off the Embarcadero that is tucked away in a quiet spot. It has a pleasant stream flowing through it and an unassuming bench beside that stream. I have made walking to that frail bench a ritual, and the half an hour or so spent daydreaming on it amid the cool San Francisco breeze, an article of faith.

It was on a day in October of last year when, during one of those quiet moments on that bench, I recalled my college years and how outspoken I happened to be during them, an observation only made interesting by the fact that I have since turned into the quietest of beings. They say that achieving knowledge is a function of one's ability to manage both doubt and hubris.

I don't know. I find that as the years go by, I am left with more of the former and less of the latter. A realization that coincided with that nostalgic whiff was that a sizable amount of the discourse nowadays continues to be plagued with bad reasoning.

Hence, the idea that finally shook me into soberness was one that had been fermenting for a while. It was that of visualizing, in a simple manner, some of the principles that had helped me do so well in debates and in off-the-cuff arguments with colleagues.

That would be the novelty of it. And so, with my two-year old daughter in the back of my mind, I decided that illustration would be an ideal language, given its universal appeal. I must have spent a good week writing that email. Having read the email, I made sure to maintain my earnestness while I found a private place, wherein I proceeded to do the Apache dance from Fresh Prince.

The cover is inspired by one of my favorite games growing up: LucasArts' Monkey Island series. The title's typography and the general feel of the whole scene borrow a bit from Monkey Island and a bit from Indiana Jones.

Also, many of those textual examples feel made-up rather than taken from the real world, which contributes to the impression that the study of informal logic has no non-fictitious applications. Finally, a proper educational book on fallacies would include exercises in spotting and repairing arguments. This book does not. Second, the book is neither suited as an introduction to the field for any adolescent or adult either.

Moreover, many of the notions introduced there are not reinforced later in the book, or even mentioned. This adds to the feeling that this book is nothing more than a mishmash of information that you can find just as easily on Wikipedia.

Most importantly, I always found that the true joy of reasoning is quickly extinguished if you make it look like a minefield of fallacies. Reasoning is, in the first place, not about prohibitions but about possibilities. Thinking creatively about how you can make some proposition plausible and falsify another. This requires thinking about persuasion, verification, falsification, confirmation, argumentation schemes, proof strategies, induction, deduction, abduction, etc. And practice, of course.

There is none of that in this book. If you are an adult and interested in informal logic: If you are a kid and interested in informal logic: To finish things up, a short appendix with a list of some of the mistakes and infelicities I noticed while reading. I have little doubt that I would notice more if I would read the book again. I hear this book will appear in print as well. Maybe these comments can be of use to the editors.

I find it hard to see the relevance of the picture to the text; the text examples are so far from any real-world reasoning that you are glad that the book is over. Dec 20, Becky rated it liked it Shelves: This book is not at all what I expected. When I saw it online, I thought it would be a cute and quirky little book illustrating logical failures, kind of like Cracked.

But this was not really that. Yes, it's a little book and it's illustrated, but it's not really as successful as it tries to be.

An Illustrated Book of Bad Arguments

It's both too complex and too short, so it makes a lot of logical leaps, I think. It attempts to briefly explain concepts that require a good bit This book is not at all what I expected. It attempts to briefly explain concepts that require a good bit of explanation, and it just feels rushed to conclusions about the particular argument being explained. That being said, it isn't a bad book, but I think it would have benefited from a little more breathing room door each argument type.

The text is dense, and the drawings, while cute, don't always explain the concept. Still, I like that it offers a quick reference for me to have in hand for the next presidential debate. Maybe I'll make spotting the bad arguments a drinking game. Or not. I like my liver. View 1 comment. The language used is very simple suitable for non-native English speakers, but anyway the book is translated into 17 languages just in case.

Even the examples used are very simple and most are common to everyday life. The big plus in Almossawi's book is that every "logical fallacy" is accompanied with a wonderful illustration.

These nice illustrations, in addition to the book's size and design, makes the book a great choice for gifting non-readers. Dec 22, Tim The Enchanter rated it liked it. In my opinion, a must read for the avid Facebook "expert". This is by no mean an academic study on the subject but really just a basic primer. Nov 06, Onaiza Khan rated it liked it Shelves: It really wasn't what I expected. I wouldn't recommend it to anyone mostly because I felt it was quite hard core and kinda pointless.

Although the illustrations were really great, hence the rating. Mar 20, Hawra habib rated it it was ok. The book discussed different types of argument fallacies, arguments that we encounter every other day but yet we are unaware of it. Nonetheless, the illustrations were nice , some of them were hard to relate to the text but in general it was a light book that requires a second reading I guess.

This was awesome!

Please go to https: View 2 comments. Sep 08, Peter Derk rated it really liked it Shelves: I wish everyone would read this before the upcoming election.

Because my god, this thing reads like a preventative guide for most, and a tactics manual for political debates. Here's my impression of presidential debates: Candidate Buttface, tell us about your opinion on immigration. Candidate Buttface: I'll tell you all you need to know, which is that my opponent, Candidate Fartface, has the same opinion on immigration as our current president, President ButtButt.

And look at the state I wish everyone would read this before the upcoming election. And look at the state of family values! Candidate Fartface, your response. Candidate Fartface: Abortion am bad! I have a feeling about those that agrees with a tiny minority who, unfortunately, vote in numbers! Death panels! How do they work? Right to life! Gays are getting married and what are the effects on pizza parlors who hate gay people!

Small business! I worked on a farm one summer! Stirring words indeed. Thanks, Bill! You, you have your boobs out and are celebrating Mardi Gras. Can I ask you a question about Obamacare and then wink at the camera like, 'See this drunk idiot?

With her boobs out? Um, [says something frustratingly stupid that makes me mad every time because it's like, can't ONE drunken party person tell this guy he's an asshole] Fuckface: Back to the debate. Thank you candidates, for listening to me ask a question, hearing the Charlie Brown teacher voice, and then basically talking about whatever the fuck you felt like talking about.

What a rich and wonderful tapestry we have.

Mar 07, Fatima Ali rated it liked it. The book talks about the ways for argument in a particular discussion, and how people react to different opinions by different techniques.

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As I understood, that it is the output of years of ongoing learning and personal experience. The writer listed many techniques and supported by examples and quotes from different placed Books, TV, media.. Many of these techniques are being implemented unconsciously by human, the writer merely listed and named them accordingly. Personally, I loved the i The book talks about the ways for argument in a particular discussion, and how people react to different opinions by different techniques.

Personally, I loved the introduction for the meanings of the terms at the beginning of the book, and how they were linked to scientific terms and concepts. The illustrations were amazing and confusing in the same time for certain examples. I believe they added a value to the book and enriched it with a humorous side.

An Illustrated book of Bad Arguments

I suggest the book to be read for a second time, if the reader would like to apply and use these techniques in his reality. Mar 16, Mel rated it liked it. This gives a nice overview of all kinds of bad arguments, but only scratches the surface.

I found this still to be helpful, though. Lots of these invalid arguments are used constantly and everywhere. There wasn't anything I was surprised by here but it's good to concentrate on basic topics from time to time, I believe.

I don't want to make bad arguments myself and I want to be able to find them in other people's reasoning easily. The illustrations are nice, the examples could be more relatable, so This gives a nice overview of all kinds of bad arguments, but only scratches the surface. The illustrations are nice, the examples could be more relatable, so I made some myself View all 4 comments. Mar 05, Mohd Abbas rated it really liked it.

Jan 27, Wendy rated it really liked it Shelves: This was very enjoyable. The illustrations were really cute and the explanations were clear. I already knew some of these fallacies, but it was nice to have other ones explained.

Book Review: An Illustrated Book of Bad Arguments

Mar 08, Anna L Conti rated it liked it. Ali Almossawi's book, Bad Arguments is hard to categorize, and hard to place in the bookstore. I am still working my way through this slim, but dense, reference book. It's more than it appears to be at first glance. It is neither a children's book, nor a facile review of the topic improving your ability to clarify thoughts and analyze arguments.

Each page-illustration contains condensed, effective tools for "the analysis and communication of ideas" - a subject worthy of the necessary reflection Ali Almossawi's book, Bad Arguments is hard to categorize, and hard to place in the bookstore. Each page-illustration contains condensed, effective tools for "the analysis and communication of ideas" - a subject worthy of the necessary reflection required for this book.

I found it somewhat more difficult than the author intended, but worthwhile anyway. I recommend studying one fallacy per week. It will take me about 4 or 5 months to finish the book that way, but I'm hoping it sticks with me. You can get a good idea of the content of the book at this website: Jul 06, HBalikov rated it liked it.

Even though the illustrations are cute, this isn't a book for children. So, who is it for?Since we have frequently observed the former and never the latter, it is therefore more reasonable to conclude that UFOs are unlikely to be aliens visiting from outer space.

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Division, conversely, is inferring that a part must have some attribute because the whole to which it belongs happens to have that attribute. Arek Here https: As it happens, that was the inspiration for this book's cover. This was awesome! Luring people into accepting that which is popular is a method frequently used in advertising and politics. Mar 05, Mohd Abbas rated it really liked it.

Sep 08, Peter Derk rated it really liked it Shelves: Logical fallacies are violations of one or more of the principles that make a good argument such as good structure, consistency, clarity, order, relevance and completeness. They will end up putting them in the storeroom and things tend to get lost in the storeroom.

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