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Logically Fallacious: The Ultimate Collection of Over 300 Logical Fallacies - Academic Edition

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  477 ratings  ·  44 reviews
This book is a crash course in effective reasoning, meant to catapult you into a world where you start to see things how they really are, not how you think they are. The focus of this book is on logical fallacies, which loosely defined, are simply errors in reasoning. With the reading of each page, you can make significant improvements in the way you reason and make decisi ...more
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Published February 22nd 2012 by
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Laura Schmidt-Dockter
Jan 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audio
I thought this book was hilarious and informative. I listened to it on audible which, I believe, made the technical explanations easier to take. Now I wish I had the actual book to use as a reference.
Rod Hilton
Sep 09, 2013 rated it liked it
I feel bad for not liking this book more than I did. The author, Bo Bennett, definitely knows his stuff about logical fallacies, and it's clear he realized that a book listing 300 logical fallacies would be boring, and he made his greatest efforts to make the material lively and interesting, largely by injecting a lot of humor into the book.

But at the end of the day, it's a book listing 300 fallacies, and it's a slog to get through them all. Yes, it's funny. Yes, it's informative. Yes, it's comp
R. F. Errant
I have mixed feelings about this work. It's definitely encompassing, the examples are clear, and even the jokes are entertaining. However, the book proves that no matter how hard you try, when discussing logical fallacies, you eventually come off as a jerk.

Not really his fault. That's the nature of the subject. However, about two-thirds through I had to take to reading it in bits. Still, I recommend highly that everyone read at least one book on logical fallacies, and this could be the one for y
Bill P
Apr 24, 2018 rated it did not like it
After reading, I had no idea how this book ever made it past an editor and then to a publisher. This might be intriguing to a raw novice, but anyone with the slightest exposure to logic, rhetoric and philosophy will see the author frequently succumbs to the fallacies he condemns.

Then I found out that the author owns the company that published this book


Aug 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: science
Never realized there were so many fatal flaws in the way I reason until I read this amazing book. Very educational indeed with lots of examples to clarify the fallacious arguments. Although the format of the book is similar to a textbook, I didn't find it boring in the least. Bo Bennet's proper use of humor makes this book all the more fascinating. An easy read. It's a must read if you're a habitual debater or just want to explain the world around you in a more logical and reasonable way. ...more
Nov 03, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: philosophy, logic
Most of them are already clear to any sensible person. But then again what is sensible? I have to admit that the author did keep a smooth sarcastic and jocular theme throughout the book, probably so it doesn't become tedious reading all these fallacies.

My favourite one of them has to be "Ad Fidentia", particularly when it is used to prove a supernatural existence, people just like throwing this at me whenever I argue about God.
Jul 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A very extensive list of fallacies, this book lays them all out in clear English with excellent examples to help illustrate the way each fallacy is used. I have really enjoyed reading this book - it's an excellent option for when you only have a short amount of time to spend reading and, since fallacies are something everyone should be keen to avoid, the value of the content is enormous. ...more
Belal Al Droubi
Jan 24, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: psychology, logic
I love logic and read 5 books in this field before (you are not so smart, you are now less dumb, thinking fast and slow, Nonsense -by Robert j Gula-, and an illustrated book of bad arguments) all of those books were excellent (especially 'Nonsense' and 'you are not so smart')

i was really pumped for this book but unfortunately, it turned out to be a disappointment.most of the fallacies in the book are just repetition of other fallacies
(those 300 fallacies are actually about 100, the rest is just
Oct 20, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: logic-منطق
This book is logically enriching yet it is critically shallow in some content.

For instances, many examples given in this 'logical' book blindly assumes that if a matter is lawful, then it must be right, logical and sound ! Which I see as a committed fallacy by the author himself.
T Patrick
Nov 27, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is NOT for people trying to prove beliefs. It is an incite on how people think and their "justifications" for doing so. ...more
Simon Bruce
Jun 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: my-library
I actually really liked this read, I found the author both knowledgeable and humorous.
Apr 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Sorry sir, your book wasn't exactly a page turner. Some of his jokes can land a little off. On the subject of his jokes, I suspect they are consistent with his age, and his upbringing, but some aren't quite PC. However, all that having been said, it was a useful endeavor. I don't think I will recall most of the classifications. However, walking through the numerous examples and structures, I do think he has sharpened my eyes and ears for subtle arguments, made in sometimes simple statements, all ...more
Jonathan Gnagy
I don't have much to say about this book that others haven't already said. Bo Bennett does his very best to make a book about 300+ logical fallacies (and their explanations) interesting, including bits of humor, anecdotes, concise explanations, and a simple format, but I think there's only so much that can be done to keep it interesting.

In the end, I'm not sure anyone could do much better.

I would definitely recommend the book to anyone even remotely interested in logic, debate, or reaching logic
Pavel Urubčík
Feb 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Hesitated between 3 and 4 stars.
I definitely enjoyed the extensive list of fallacies with descriptions, examples and occasional humor.
On the other hand as others pointed out, the read was quite dry and lack of good grouping/organization of the fallacies also didn't add on readability. I wish there was some way either in the book or accompanying a web dictionary where I could look up the fallacies by key words and such.
I think it was also possible to make the book shorter by merging and omitting
Sascha Leib
May 09, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: philosophy, rhetoric
Great collection of logical (and of course rhetoric) fallacies. This could be a great resource that you want to check back from time to time if it was in any way ordered in a more reasonable way than *alphabetical* (that's right, not by relation, not by similarity, not by classification). At least I have got the kindle version, so I can use the search function... ...more
Jul 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-i-own
Enjoyed the book! It contains a huge collection of fallacies with easy to understand examples. The humor used throughout the book keeps readers engaged so that you don't feel like you're reading a dictionary. ...more
Marco Gagiano
May 05, 2018 rated it liked it
Terribly written and structured (like a primary school textbook), but the best overview of common thinking and reasoning errors I have discovered so far. The examples of fallacious reasoning and logic errors are great and some quite amusing.
Luís Soares
Jan 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: skepticism
Thorough list with good examples. Not as boring as I was afraid of.
Could have included some images like Venn diagrams to help explaining some fallacies.
Could have categorized and/or joined similar fallacies.
Oct 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A concise and clear book that dissects every kind of logical fallacy. The author does a great job explaining each term, putting the logical formula, and giving entertaining, hilarious examples. I recommend this book as a book that would sharpen your wit and logical thinking.
Dec 13, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: already-bought
The biggest letdown is its format, which is like reading a dictionary: Not fun, but useful, although the examples given were sprinkled with a bit of fun to break the subject's dry tone, its not good for pleasure reading.
But honestly, I couldn't imagine other format for this topic.
Joanne McKinnon
Nov 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Good introduction to logical thinking.
Even readers who consider themselves logical thinkers can benefit from this book. Plus, the author knows how to use humour to explain in plain words.
Jul 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Essential reading in these logically perilous times. Don’t go on social media without it.
A very good reference book. It contains an extensive list of logical fallacies, both common and more obscure, as well as a list of cognitive biases.
Andre Korkush
Sep 08, 2019 rated it did not like it
Did not like, not one bit.
Aug 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Really eye opening!! The book is about helping you to think rather telling us what to think
Sasaki Kojiro
Dec 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: logicality
A real treat for those who nitpick logic at every turn! It certainly lead me into an insightful read about the logically-at-fault arguments the clarity of it enabled me keep these fallacies plutonic.
Aug 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Bo has a great sense of humor, it made the book fun to read. I like the set up for this book, it names pretty much every fallacy there is.
Michiel Tummers
Mar 14, 2019 rated it liked it
Nice enclyclopedia on logical fallacies. Not really a academic work, more like a selfhelp style book. Occasionally i flip trough it to read on some informal fallacies but thats it.
Benas Aukstikalnis
Jun 05, 2017 rated it liked it
Pretty interesting book. Maybe a bit hard to digest, since it has so many different fallacies.
Michael Andersen
Jul 29, 2019 rated it did not like it
The collection of fallacies make for a good book, but then any hopes for a good reference manual were destroyed by his smug and immature writing. His first edition was so bad that he had to update it with his 3rd grade wit removed. I have the first edition in audio with Bo reading. It is Utter torture to hear someone so unaware of how arrogant and self congratulatory they come off.
Bo, take your fallacy collection and give them to an actual writer. Get rid of your personal fallacies that arent an
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