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An Illustrated Book of Bad Arguments Hardcover – 4 Dec 2014

4.7 out of 5 stars 24 customer reviews

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Scribe UK; UK edition edition (4 Dec. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1922247812
  • ISBN-13: 978-1922247810
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 1.2 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 17,725 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Bad arguments, great illustrations ... gorgeous.' -- Cory Doctorow BoingBoing.net 'Seriously, An Illustrated Book of Bad Arguments should be on every school curriculum. Twitter will be a more civil place.' -- Kevin Tang BuzzFeed.com '[A] wonderful primer on the logical fallacies that have been screwing up our thinking ... since shortly after the invention of dirt.' -- Ron Kretsch DangerousMinds.net 'A great primer for anyone looking to understand logical fallacies ... Pass it along to the arguers-good and bad-in your life.' -- Lauren Davis io9.com 'I love this illustrated book of bad arguments. A flawless compendium of flaws.' -- Prof. Alice Roberts, anatomist, presenter of the BBC's 'The Incredible Human Journey' 'A wonderfully digestible summary of the pitfalls and techniques of argumentation. I can't think of a better way to be taught or reintroduced to these fundamental notions of logical discourse. A delightful little book.' -- Aaron Koblin, Creative Director of the Data Arts team at Google

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'Bad arguments, great illustrations . . . gorgeous.'

(Cory Doctorow BoingBoing.net)

'Seriously, An Illustrated Book of Bad Arguments should be on every school curriculum. Twitter will be a more civil place.'

(Kevin Tang BuzzFeed.com)

'[A] wonderful primer on the logical fallacies that have been screwing up our thinking . . . since shortly after the invention of dirt.'

(Ron Kretsch DangerousMinds.net)

'A great primer for anyone looking to understand logical fallacies . . . Pass it along to the arguers―good and bad―in your life.'

(Lauren Davis io9.com)

'I love this illustrated book of bad arguments. A flawless compendium of flaws.'

(Prof. Alice Roberts, anatomist, presenter of the BBC's 'The Incredible Human Journey')

'A wonderfully digestible summary of the pitfalls and techniques of argumentation. I can't think of a better way to be taught or reintroduced to these fundamental notions of logical discourse. A delightful little book.'

(Aaron Koblin, Creative Director of the Data Arts team at Google)

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An absolutely wonderful and entertaining book that not only breaks down the types of bad argument simply for the reader, but offers examples and entertaining illustrations of anthromorhic animal characters to demonstrate each. A terrific little hard-back book to own.
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Good book, delivered on time. Lovely illustrations and easy to understand. Bought for general reading and would recommend - easy read which educates. Makes a potentially confusing topic easy to understand in a memorable way.
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This book will take most about 30 minutes to read. The author makes points about false logic using (from memory) about 15 or so examples. Each is related in about one or two pages. There are also illustrations for each – while these are good representations, they don’t really add anything to reinforce points and appeared, to me, to be included to increase the page count. A lot of the material, while all true and helpful, is common sense or will be obvious to many. The author makes good points, but I didn’t find a great deal of depth here, to be honest. I don’t think this book will make readers better thinkers, although they may become mindful of a couple of arguing styles to avoid. This is not really a coaching manual which, I think, is what I probably expected from the read. Apologies, then, if this review appears harsh.
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Bought as a present for a friend, I had a page through it before wrapping it up and it is very good! Clever and easy to understand the basic constructs, giving you enough to decide whether you want to perhaps pursue some deeper texts on the matter!

It's now on my wish list of books to have :)
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I bought this for my daughter who just discovered her interest in logical riddles, paradoxes and the likes and thought it's a nice introduction to logical fallacies for teenagers. Having read it, I would say it's a great introduction for adults as well.
Of course, it is still targeted at young readers, and the illustrations and examples are designed for this target group. But in making the book short and concise it's all the easier to remember for grown-ups as well. Absolute recommendation from me!
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Great book but every well described rationalisation of a dodgy preposition left me thinking... 'yep... been caught by that'. Clear logic, plainly spoken, sweet illustrations (the whole thing made me think of a Struewelpeter for grown ups)... tricky reflective aftertaste!
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This book clearly explains some of the most common logical fallacies with some delightfully quirky illustrations and lovely examples of their usage. A book aimed at the teen to adult market no doubt, but so well written and put together, it can be used to teach any interested pre-teen to avoid falling into bad thinking habits.
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Very interesting and beautiful book
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