I d heard such rave reviews about this book throughout the home schooling community, but was disappointed when I finally purchased it Although I m sure there are excellent logical arguments, I was immediately turned off by what I felt was the superiority complex of the authors. LOL This April fools day, the joke s on me You could say I made some false assumptions about this book when I picked it out from the library, and then went recommending it at least putting it on my Education Resources book list before thoroughly reading it I was pleased to flip through and see headings on ad hominem, red herring, straw man, faulty appeal to authority, loaded question, appeal to fear, either or, etc I assumed the purpose of the book was to teach how to recognize bad reasoning, and simply that I missed the pages in the intro and the info on the back cover , that the book s goal was to not only do this, but do it from a distinctly Christian perspective Once I realized this, I thought it would be interesting to see what, from the authors perspectives, that entailed While the book does a nice job of explaining many of the logical fallacies listed, it also displays some unintentional logical fallacies and assumptions supporting what some would label the Christian viewpoint as if there were only one on numerous controversial topics These can simply be used as opportunities for discussion, exposure to various viewpoints, and analysis of logical fallacies, if the reader catches them However, some things are presented so misleadingly for instance the characterization of the theory of evolution and it s debate as to make me have a hard time fully recommending this book. Although the book is labeled as for ages twelve through adult and I purchased this book to teach informal logical fallacies to my high school daughters, my nine year old son read and loved it as well The book is well written in a humorous, conversational style, replete with comics that illustrate the various fallacies, and has exercises that build on and review everything covered in each section And while it is not difficult to read, the exercises are challenging, and even as an adult who had learned the fallacies before, I still failed to get a perfect score on any of them I intend to use it again next school year with my to be seventh and fifth graders It is a great curriculum choice for upper elementary through high school. This was one of the best school books ever this was a sumwhat boring book to me. All of us, including children, should be capable of picking out false presentations, particularly because we are in America, a country saturated with commercial enterprises seeking a sale and politicians seeking office An understanding of simple logical fallacies is a top priority for any citizen Too many Americans are duped because they don t recognize the falsity of messages directed their way from a multitude of sources from the White House down to the local car dealership The Fallacy Detective is written by two home school advocates They claim it can be used with anyone 12 years of age or older Each chapter lays out a type of fallacy, a fallacy being the use of language to give a sense of logic while being illogical.Following the explanation of a given fallacy are many examples of the fallacy in action, little scenarios of dialog in which readers are to identify the fallacy These examples are well crafted, not at all simplistic and clearly illustrate fallacies as we find them in daily life The setting might be a family argument, one friend trying to convince another or a politician making a claim The exercises are challenging put on your thinking cap but help one to see clearly how often we encounter people trying to fool us into accepting what they have to say, at our cost.This best way to educate any child about fallacies involves the parents pointing them out as they are encountered in daily life There s no substitute for on the job training and for a child, gaining understanding is a job that is too easily missed when parents are not attentive to the need for guidance I would recommend this book, as the authors do, to anyone 12 or older If you are a parent, a quick overview is recommended In fact, were I back to the days of being a young parent, I would read the book, take liberally from it and then weave it into daily living with my children rather than taking it out as a formal exercise in learning.By the way, those of us who went through the fanatic and frantic period of the George W Bush push for war in Iraq will appreciate the chapter on exigency in which rushing the subject to do something RIGHT NOW is used as a way to decide an issue with little or no reason behind it. A must for middle school and high school for critical thinking in a non overwhelming way Are you tired of pointless, loud arguments Do you want to know where you re going wrong with your reasoning Read this book Thank me later. Edition More Fallacies, More Cartoons What Is A Fallacy A Fallacy Is An Error In Logic A Place Where Someone Has Made A Mistake In His Thinking A Cloud Is % Water A Watermelon Is % Water Therefore, Since A Plane Can Fly Through A Cloud, A Plane Can Fly Through A Watermelon This Is An Easy Book For Learning To Spot Common Errors In Reasoning For Ages Twelve Through Adult Fun To Use Learn Skills You Can Use Right Away Exercises With Answer Key Covers Logical Fallacies And Propaganda Techniques Peanuts, Dilbert, And Calvin And Hobbes Cartoons Includes The Fallacy Detective Game Edition Introduces The Special Pleading And Slippery Slope Fallacies And Includes Many New Illustrations
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- The Fallacy Detective: Thirty-six lessons on how to recognize bad reasoning
- Nathaniel Bluedorn
- 13 October 2017 Nathaniel Bluedorn