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Crimes Against Logic: Exposing the Bogus Arguments of Politicians, Priests, Journalists, and Other Serial Offenders (NTC Reference) by [Whyte, Jamie]
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"[Whyte] whets a long knife of ultra-rationalism on the cold stone of logic, and death by a thousand cuts is inflicted on prejudice, statistics, morality, religion, weasel words, and seductive sirens such as politicians, New Agers, advertising executives, and, of course, journalists who expect you to be persuaded by anything other than facts."

"He ruthlessly exposes logical flaws and sheer nonsense. . . in likably angry and witty style."

"ÝWhyte¨ whets a long knife of ultra-rationalism on the cold stone of logic, and death by a thousand cuts is inflicted on prejudice, statistics, morality, religion, weasel words, and seductive sirens such as politicians, New Agers, advertising executives, and, of course, journalists who expect you to be persuaded by anything other than facts."

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Jamie Whyte (London, England) is a past lecturer of philosophy at Cambridge University and winner of Analysis journal's prestigious prize for the best article by a philosopher under 30.


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  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education; 1 edition (3 Oct. 2004)
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By A Customer on 24 Jan. 2006
Format: Paperback
Please be aware that this book is the US version of "Bad Thoughts" - same book with US focused examples.
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I logged on specially to make this review.

Someone beat me to it: yes, this is the US version of "Bad Thoughts: A Guide to Clear Thinking".

I started reading "Crimes" and thought the arguments were familiar. I checked with my copy of "Bad Thoughts" and saw that, yes, the two books are the same (practically) (a few tweaks: "outraged of Hampstead" becomes "Outraged of London" in the US version).
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Jamie Whyte: Crimes against logic.

Jamie Whyte has written a very interesting and engaging book about logic and fallacies. In an inexpensive, easy-to-read text he has managed to provide a topical and pertinent coverage of issues that influence everyday conversations.

I was particularly impressed with Whyte's ability to use examples to which most people can relate. His father's repetitive after-dinner statement in New Zealand- "You won't get food like this in England", although probably correct, was clearly grating to others. Then his Mum interjected with a question about Bistro gravy mix. Ahhh, the analysis of the inter-change is the real stuff of logic!

In bringing an essentially dry subject (logic) to the ordinary folk, Whyte uses a variety of successful strategies. I thought that his development of provocative labels was a master stroke. Hooray words, weasel words, and boo words are now accepted in conversations.
If you are interested in philosophy, linguistics or just thinking about conversations, this is a great book.
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Whyte's book is as entertaining as it is insightful. While it is seeped in militant intellectual condescension and right-wing stances are nonchalantly given the high ground, this book no doubt is worthwhile intellectual fodder for your critical faculties.
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A total waste of money. it is 99.9% the same book as "Bad Thoughts" but with a different title If sold at all (dubious) it should be published as Bad Thoughts 2nd Ed. An utter con !
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