Silly Rabbit! Your Argument is Ill-founded.
Have you read (or stumbled into) one too many irrational online debates? Ali Almossawi certainly had, so he wrote An Illustrated Book of Bad Arguments! This handy guide is here to bring the internet age a much-needed dose of old-school logic (really old-school, a la Aristotle).
Here are cogent explanations of the straw man fallacy, the slippery slope argument, the ad hominem attack, and other common attempts at reasoning that fall short – plus a beautifully drawn menagerie of animals who (adorably) commit every logical faux pas. Rabbit thinks a strange light in the sky must be a UFO because no one can prove otherwise (the appeal to ignorance). And Lion doesn't believe that gas emissions harm the planet because, if that were true, he wouldn't like the result (the argument from consequences).
Once you learn to recognize these abuses of reason, they start to crop up everywhere from parliamentary debate to YouTube comments – which makes this geek-chic book a must for anyone in the habit of holding opinions. It's the antidote to fuzzy thinking, with furry animals!
About the Author
Ali holds a Master’s degree in Engineering Systems from MIT and a Master’s degree in Software Engineering from Carnegie Mellon. He has spent time at Harvard, the SEI and the MIT Media lab and currently resides in San Francisco where he visualizes Firefox data for Mozilla. He is also the author of the Book of Bad Arguments. His work has appeared in Scientific American, Wired and Fast Company.
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This was a gift for a young, language-savvy adult. The quirky drawings are very engaging, but it is no lightweight in content. In view of the many online means of making commentary, it is a valuable touchstone for questioning the validity of statements/arguments being posted. Could also be useful for effective verbal stoushes ;)
Number Of Pages: 64
Published: 19th November 2014
Publisher: Scribe Publications
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 20.9 x 18.5 x 1.2
Weight (kg): 0.3
Edition Number: 1