The Duck That Won the Lottery: and 99 Other Bad Arguments Hardcover – 1 Sep 2008
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'A curiosity cabinet of spurious reasoning and spin ... Every society needs its guardian of good sense: Baggini is ours' -- Financial Times
'A book to treasure for Baggini's never-miss lucidity' -- Big Issue in the North
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Overall, an uncommon combination: an accessible book, but one that makes the reader feel genuinely 'educated' after dipping into it.
There are four reasons why I really like this book:
By using simple but relevant examples to explain each fallacy, Baggini makes things easy to read and easy to understand. For example, not everyone knows what a false dichotomy is, even though many of us thought Bush's infamous: "You are either with us or the terrorists" sounded a bit dodgy.
By using this approach something esoteric becomes non - esoteric.
After presenting an obvious example that contains a fallacy, he presents another argument which may or may not contain the very same fallacy. Things aren't as obvious and a bit more thought is required.
The intent here is obviously to make the reader question their own opinions. Yes it's easy, to pick other people's arguments apart but the chances are many of our own are a bit faulty. We may just have to think a bit more to realise that.
After several well known arguments are shown to be just more examples of sloppy thinking, there is a subtle reminder that bad logic is just ubiquitous. Most arguments are poorly thought out and contain not much more than catchy rhetoric. This is remarkable considering the origins of logic go back over 2,500 to Aristotle et al and we are still struggling to come up to speed with it.
Have you ever heard an argument which you think didn't make sense but you just couldn't explain exactly what was wrong with it?Read more ›
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