An Illustrated Book of Bad Arguments by Ali Almossawi

By Ali Almossawi

“A wonderful compendium of flaws.” —Alice Roberts, PhD, anatomist, author, and presenter of The impressive 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 e-book of undesirable Arguments! this convenient consultant is the following to convey the net age a much-needed dose of old-school common sense (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 truly fall short—plus a fantastically drawn menagerie of animals who (adorably) dedicate each logical faux pas. Rabbit thinks an odd gentle within the sky must be a alien ship simply because not anyone can end up another way (the entice ignorance). And Lion doesn’t think that gasoline 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 the place from congressional debate to YouTube comments—which makes this geek-chic booklet a must for an individual within the behavior of conserving opinions.


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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.

Are we to dismiss all ideas that originated in the Bronze Age simply because they came about at that time? ” Here, the evidence used for the inference is as lacking as in the previous examples. Informal Fallacy › Red Herring › Genetic Fallacy Guilt by Association Guilt by association is used to discredit an argument for proposing an idea that is shared by some socially demonized individual or group. For example, “My opponent is calling for a healthcare system that would resemble that of socialist countries.

Inductive arguments usually proceed from specific instances to the general. strong: An inductive argument is strong if, in the case that its premisses are true, then it is highly probable that its conclusion is also true. Otherwise, if it is improbable that its conclusion is true, then it is said to be weak. Because they rely on probability, inductive arguments are not truth-preserving; it is never the case that a true conclusion must follow from true premisses. cogent: An inductive argument is cogent if it is strong and the premisses are actually true–that is, in accordance with facts.

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