on 6 May 2009
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).
on 6 February 2010
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.