Download PDF by Ali Almossawi: An Illustrated Book of Bad Arguments

By Ali Almossawi

ISBN-10: 1615192255

ISBN-13: 9781615192250

“A wonderful compendium of flaws.” —Alice Roberts, PhD, anatomist, author, and presenter of The wonderful 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 useful consultant is the following to carry the net 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 truly fall short—plus a superbly drawn menagerie of animals who (adorably) devote each logical faux pas. Rabbit thinks a wierd mild within the sky must be a alien craft simply because nobody 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 learn how to realize those abuses of cause, they begin to crop up all over from congressional debate to YouTube comments—which makes this geek-chic publication a must for an individual within the behavior of maintaining opinions.


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Engel, S. Morris. With Good Reason: An Introduction to Informal Fallacies. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin’s, 1999. Farmelo, Graham. The Strangest Man: The Hidden Life of Paul Dirac, Mystic of the Atom. New York: Basic Books, 2011. Fieser, James. Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy. edu. Firestein, Stuart. Ignorance: How It Drives Science. Oxford: Oxford Univ. Press, 2012. Fischer, David Hackett. Historians’ Fallacies: Toward a Logic of Historical Thought. New York: Harper & Row, 1970. Flew, Antony.

Otherwise, it is said to be uncogent. Notes 1. For a look at the converse, see T. Edward Damer’s book Attacking Faulty Reasoning. 2. The illustration is based on an exchange between Alice and the White Queen in Lewis Carroll’s Through the Looking-Glass. 3. This fallacy may also be referred to as the fallacy of the excluded middle, the black and white fallacy or a false dichotomy. 4. uk/news/magazine-20356613 5. com/video/tyson 6. When an attacker maliciously redefines a category, knowing well that by doing so, he or she is intentionally misrepresenting it, the attack becomes reminiscent of the straw man fallacy.

Informal Fallacy › Begging the Question › Circular Reasoning Composition and Division One commits the fallacy of composition by inferring that, because the parts of a whole have a particular attribute, the whole must have that attribute also. But to paraphrase Peter Millican, if every sheep in a flock has a mother, it does not then follow that the flock has a mother. Here is another example: “Each module in this software system has been subjected to a set of unit tests and passed them all. ” The reality is that putting individual parts together to form a system introduces a new level of complexity, due to how the parts interact, which may in turn introduce new ways for things to go wrong.

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