☄ The Fallacy Detective: Thirty-six lessons on how to recognize bad reasoning Author Nathaniel Bluedorn – Metalstampedmemories.info
2009 Edition More Fallacies, More Cartoons What Is A Fallacy A Fallacy Is An Error In Logic A Place Where Someone Has Made A Mistake In His Thinking A Cloud Is 90% Water A Watermelon Is 90% Water Therefore, Since A Plane Can Fly Through A Cloud, A Plane Can Fly Through A Watermelon This Is An Easy Book For Learning To Spot Common Errors In Reasoning For Ages Twelve Through Adult Fun To Use Learn Skills You Can Use Right Away Exercises With Answer Key Covers Logical Fallacies And Propaganda Techniques Peanuts, Dilbert, And Calvin And Hobbes Cartoons Includes The Fallacy Detective Game 2009 Edition Introduces The Special Pleading And Slippery Slope Fallacies And Includes Many New Illustrations. I d heard such rave reviews about this book throughout the home schooling community, but was disappointed when I finally purchased it Although I m sure there are excellent logical arguments, I was immediately turned off by what I felt was the superiority complex of the authors. LOL This April fools day, the joke s on me You could say I made some false assumptions about this book when I picked it out from the library, and then went recommending it at least putting it on my Education Resources book list before thoroughly reading it I was pleased to flip through and see headings on ad hominem, red herring, straw man, faulty appeal to authority, loaded question, appeal to fear, either or, etc I assumed the purpose of the book was to teach how to recognize bad reasoning, and simply that I missed the pages in the intro and the info on the back cover , that the book s goal was to not only do this, but do it from a distinctly Christian perspective Once I realized this, I thought it would be interesting to see what, from the authors perspectives, that entailed While the book does a nice job of explaining many of the logical fallac Although the book is labeled as for ages twelve through adult and I purchased this book to teach informal logical fallacies to my high school daughters, my nine year old son read and loved it as well The book is well written in a humorous, conversational style, replete with comics that illustrate the various fallacies, and has exercises that build on and review everything covered in each section A This was one of the best school books ever this was a sumwhat boring book to me. All of us, including children, should be capable of picking out false presentations, particularly because we are in America, a country saturated with commercial enterprises seeking a sale and politicians seeking office An understanding of simple logical fallacies is a top priority for any citizen Too many Americans are duped because they don t recognize the falsity of messages directed their way from a multitude of sources from the White House down to the local car dealership The Fallacy Detective is written by two home school advocates They claim it can be used with anyone 12 years of age or older Each chapter lays out a type of fallacy, a fallacy being the use of language to give a sense of logic while being illogical.Following the explanation of a given fallacy are many examples of the fallacy in action, little scenarios of dialog in which readers are to identify the fallacy These examples are well crafted, not at all simplistic and clearly illustrate fallacies as we find them in daily life The setting might be a family argument, one friend trying to convince another or a politician making a claim The exercises are challenging put on your thinking cap but help one to see clearly how often we encounter people trying to foo A must for middle school and high school for critical thinking in a non overwhelming way Are you tired of pointless, loud arguments Do you want to know where you re going wrong with your reasoning Read this book Thank me later.