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3.0 out of 5 stars Even the author can't escape!, 4 Jun. 2013
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This is an easy read if you are interested in how we all use reason and logic. It classifies fallacies and errors in reasoning while providing examples of how to spot them.

The most interesting thing is how it exposes human imperfection in the area logic and reason. None of us are consistently perfect in our thinking and so get caught out using fallacies. No matter how educated or intelligent we think we may be. The author is no exception! He is seeking absolute truth around the question of God - if there is one. As early as the second chapter the book falls prey to its own authority fallacy when commenting on mystery and then begs the question when providing opinion about the meaning of faith. Later, on p25 the author rips apart a religious opinion and replaces it with an assertion about intellectual honesty which is itself open to question. After this I found the book mundane because it lost objectivity while promoting the author's opinions in so many examples - an author's prerogative perhaps.

In all it exposes the relative pluralism basis of thinking which most of us use to be inadequate to solve big questions. Explaining fallacies and logic errors is just stating the obvious. The final sentence is an honest summing up.
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