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 extraordinary Human Journey

The antidote to fuzzy considering, with hairy 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 convenient consultant is the following to convey the net age a much-needed dose of old-school common sense (really old-school, a la Aristotle).

Here are cogent reasons 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 fantastically drawn menagerie of animals who (adorably) devote each logical faux pas. Rabbit thinks a wierd mild within the sky must be a flying saucers simply because not anyone can end up another way (the entice ignorance). And Lion doesn’t think that fuel emissions damage the planet simply because, if that were precise, he wouldn’t just like the consequence (the argument from consequences).

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

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Carl Sagan gives this example: “There is no compelling evidence that UFOs are not visiting the Earth; therefore UFOs exist” [Sagan]. Similarly, before we knew how the pyramids were built, some concluded that, unless proven otherwise, they must have been built by a supernatural power. But in fact, the “burden of proof” always lies with the person making a claim. More logically, and as several others have put it, one should ask what is likely based on evidence from past observation. Which is more likely: That an object flying through space is a man-made artifact or natural phenomenon, or that it is aliens visiting from another planet?

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Formerly, Ali spent time at both Harvard and the Software Engineering Institute (SEI), where his research involved creating predictive models of source code quality. His work has appeared in Scientific American, Wired, The New York Times, Fast Company and others. com Alejandro Giraldo holds a Graphic Design degree from UPB Medellín and an MA in Art Direction from ELISAVA (the Barcelona School of Design and Engineering). He lives in Medellín, Colombia, where he works on various freelance projects.

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