An Illustrated Book of Bad Arguments by Ali Almossawi

By Ali Almossawi

“A faultless compendium of flaws.” —Alice Roberts, PhD, anatomist, author, and presenter of The excellent Human Journey

The antidote to fuzzy considering, with bushy animals!

Have you learn (or stumbled into) one too many irrational on-line debates? Ali Almossawi definitely had, so he wrote An Illustrated publication of undesirable Arguments! this useful advisor is right here to convey the web age a much-needed dose of old-school good judgment (really old-school, a la Aristotle).

Here are cogent motives of the straw man fallacy, the slippery slope argument, the ad hominem assault, and different universal makes an attempt at reasoning that truly fall short—plus a superbly drawn menagerie of animals who (adorably) devote each logical faux pas. Rabbit thinks an odd mild within the sky must be a alien craft simply because nobody can end up another way (the attract ignorance). And Lion doesn’t think that fuel emissions damage the planet simply because, if that were actual, he wouldn’t just like the end result (the argument from consequences).

Once you discover ways to realize those abuses of cause, they begin to crop up all over the place from congressional debate to YouTube comments—which makes this geek-chic publication a must for somebody within the behavior of retaining opinions.


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S. Lewis. An argument is more likely to be fallacious when the appeal is made to an irrelevant authority, one who is not an expert on the issue at hand. A similar appeal worth noting is the appeal to vague authority, where an idea is attributed to a faceless collective. ” One type of appeal to irrelevant authority is the appeal to ancient wisdom, in which a belief is assumed to be true just because it originated some time ago. ” This type of appeal often overlooks the fact that some things are idiosyncratic and change naturally over time.

Cambridge: Cambridge Univ. Press, 2003. About the Author and Illustrator Ali Almossawi holds a Masters in Engineering Systems from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and a Masters in Software Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University. He resides in San Francisco with his wife and daughter, where he works as a data visualization designer on Mozilla’s Metrics Team, and occasionally collaborates with the MIT Media Lab. Formerly, Ali spent time at both Harvard and the Software Engineering Institute (SEI), where his research involved creating predictive models of source code quality.

They are inspired in part by allegories such as Orwell’s Animal Farm and by the humorous nonsense of works such as Lewis Carroll’s stories and poems. Unlike in such works, there isn’t a narrative that ties the illustrations together; they are discrete scenes, connected only by style and theme, which better affords adaptability and reuse. Each of the fallacies has just one page of explanation, which I hope will make them easy to digest and remember. • • • Many years ago, I spent part of my time writing software specifications using first-order predicate logic.

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