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This book is aimed at newcomers to the field of logical reasoning, particularly those who, to borrow a phrase from Pascal, are so made that they understand best through visuals. I have selected a small set of common errors in reasoning and visualized them using memorable illustrations that are supplemented with lots of examples. The hope is that the reader will learn from ...more
ebook, 57 pages
Published 2013 by Creative Commons BY-NC
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Darwin8u
Jun 13, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
"The first principle is that you must not fool yourself and you are the easiest person to fool."
-- Richard P Feynman

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I bought this book shortly after I bought Randall Munroe's Thing Explainer: Complicated Stuff in Simple Words and What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions and at the same time I purchased Joyce's The Cats of Copenhagen. So, I guess I was going through a nerd graphic need for pictures with my words.

I've always liked logic, books on logical fallacies, de
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Anton
Oct 14, 2013 rated it did not like it
One of the worst books about argumentation I’ve ever read. But, apparently, I’m the only one to think so, since many people say this book should be on every school curriculum. Let me explain why this would be a disaster.

First, although this book can be downloaded freely (https://bookofbadarguments.com/) and is nicely illustrated, it would be a terrible way to introduce children to the study of reasoning. The main reason for this is that the subject is introduced with a section titled ‘Definition
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Becky
This book is not at all what I expected. When I saw it online, I thought it would be a cute and quirky little book illustrating logical failures, kind of like Cracked.com did with its article on internet argument techniques. But this was not really that.

Yes, it's a little book and it's illustrated, but it's not really as successful as it tries to be. It's both too complex and too short, so it makes a lot of logical leaps, I think. It attempts to briefly explain concepts that require a good bit
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أسيل

الكتاب خفيف وظريف كمقدمة بسيطة عن المغالطات المنطقية
والرسومات التي تضمنها جميلة رغم عدم اندماجها مع النص
اعتمد بالرسومات على روايات جورج اورويل ولويس كارول

اقتبس

"ولكننا الآن، وفي هذا العصر، لما تباعد قاموس اللغة المتداول عن قاموس لغة الأعصار الماضية، كما هي سُنُّةُ اللغات جميعاً، يأخذ فَنَّا الخطابة والجدل أشكالاً مغايرة تتمثل في الخطاب الإعلامي والإجتماعي والثقافي والسياسي لم يعتنى بهما في الكتب القديمة المؤسسة علاوةً على أنها صارت تُدرس من أجل المتخصص في الحقل الفلسفي أو الحقل الأصولي الفقهي على
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Yousif Al Zeera
The book is aimed at the public who have no or little knowledge in logical fallacies/cognitive biases. The language used is very simple (suitable for non-native English speakers, but anyway the book is translated into 17 languages just in case).

I actually liked the simplicity as these type of subjects (logic/logical fallacies/cognitive biases) are usually found written in complicated language. Even the examples used are very simple and most are common to everyday life.

The big plus in Almossawi's
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Tim The Enchanter
an entertaining and basic guide to types of bad arguments. In my opinion, a must read for the avid Facebook "expert". This is by no mean an academic study on the subject but really just a basic primer.
Shwan Majeed
Jan 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
اول كتاب الكتروني او ايظا اول كتاب اقراءه عن طريق كومبيوتر, كتاب بسيط وجميل ولا يجب انسى واقول فكرة جديدة وبصراحة اعجبني واتمنى ان يهتم الكتاب بهكذا كتب وخاصة تكون بسيطة ومفهومة وقليلة وتستطيع قراءته في وقت فراغ قصير.
حسب راي او حسب ما تعلمت وفهمت من الكتاب هي انه لا يجب ان نحكم على شخص او حدث او موضوع فقط لان قابلنا شخص واحد او حصل لنا شيء واحد, وايظا لا يجب ان نعمم بشكل سيء على جميع الناس او احداث فقط لان واجهنا شخص سيء او حصل لنا موقف غير جيد واثرت بطبع بشكل سيء على نظرتنا لهذه الشخص او المجتم
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Onaiza Khan
It really wasn't what I expected. I wouldn't recommend it to anyone mostly because I felt it was quite hard core and kinda pointless. Although the illustrations were really great, hence the rating.
Huda Aweys
مبدئيا أعجبتني هذه الجملة من مقدمة الكاتب :
إن قواعد المنطق ليست قوانين العالم الطبيعي ، كما أنها لا تشكل كل التفكير البشري ، كما يؤكد (مارفن مينسكي) ، ان الفطرة العادية في التفكير و الحس السليم يصعب تفسيرها من حيث المبادئ المنطقية و كذلك القياس ...

و هو ما اوضحته بعض الأمثلة في هذا الكتاب ، و أكدت عليه بالفعل ..
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و ايضا هذه ، و التي وجدتها (تلخص) لأهمية المعرفة بالمغالطات المنطقية .. ، بل و لسببيتها من الأساس ! :
... فالمقدرة على تحليل الحجج توفر مقياسا لتعرف متى تنسحب من المناقشات التي هي ع
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Hawra habib
The book discussed different types of argument fallacies, arguments that we encounter every other day but yet we are unaware of it.
Although insightful, I didn`t really get how can I benefit from solely knowing about the types of arguments.
Nonetheless, the illustrations were nice , some of them were hard to relate to the text but in general it was a light book that requires a second reading I guess.
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হাঁটুপানির জলদস্যু
This was awesome! Please go to https://bookofbadarguments.com/ and read it, and spread it.
Peter Derk
Sep 08, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: petestopof2015
I wish everyone would read this before the upcoming election. Because my god, this thing reads like a preventative guide for most, and a tactics manual for political debates.

Here's my impression of presidential debates:

Moderator: Candidate Buttface, tell us about your opinion on immigration.

Candidate Buttface: I'll tell you all you need to know, which is that my opponent, Candidate Fartface, has the same opinion on immigration as our current president, President ButtButt. And look at the state
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Fatima Ali
The book talks about the ways for argument in a particular discussion, and how people react to different opinions by different techniques.

As I understood, that it is the output of years of ongoing learning and personal experience. The writer listed many techniques and supported by examples and quotes from different placed (Books, TV, media ..etc).

Many of these techniques are being implemented unconsciously by human, the writer merely listed and named them accordingly. Personally, I loved the i
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Mel
Mar 16, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This gives a nice overview of all kinds of bad arguments, but only scratches the surface.
I found this still to be helpful, though.

Lots of these invalid arguments are used constantly and everywhere. There wasn't anything I was surprised by here but it's good to concentrate on basic topics from time to time, I believe. I don't want to make bad arguments myself and I want to be able to find them in other people's reasoning easily.

The illustrations are nice, the examples could be more relatable, so
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علياء
كتاب مفيد ومنشط للذهن

متوافر للتحميل في موقع ميديا فاير mediafire
Nasim Alshakhoori
مادة الكتاب مفيدة وذات قيمةً.. احببته .. في نظري هو ليس لمن يريد ان يختص فقط .. حتى العوام هم مستخدمون لهذه الحيل في يومياتهم وجميع علاقاتهم .. وبحاجة للمعرفة والتركيز كيف وبما ينطق .. وكسب هذا الفن بحد ذاته مسلي ورائع .. فشكرا للكاتب على مجهودة.
Mohd Abbas
Mar 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
كتاب ممتع وراقي ورغم عدد صفحاته القليلة إلا انه يحتاج لتركيز عالي واستجماع الافكار وقت القراءة

يتكلم الكتاب عن المغالطات المنطقية في النقاشات والمجادلات .. حيث يستعرض الكاتب باسلوب سلس وبالرسوم والامثلة المغالطات الوارة والمستخدمة .. ومن المضحك إنك ستجد إن هذه المغالطات تمر عليك بشكل شبه يومي.. وعندما كنت أقرأ كل نوع وأقرأ أمثلته أحاول استحضار امثلتي الخاصة التي تنطبق على هذا النوع.. كما وإني أصبحت أدقق على النقاشات والخطب لاستخلص منها المغالطات ...

الكتاب جيدجداً وأنصح بقراءته ..
Wendy
Jan 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: hardcover, nonfiction
This was very enjoyable. The illustrations were really cute and the explanations were clear. I already knew some of these fallacies, but it was nice to have other ones explained.
Zahraa Rabea
كتاب جميل يشرح بشكل مبسط طرق المحاورة التي تهدف لاقناع الشخص المقابل او كسب النقاش، استخدام الكاتب للصور لتبسيط الفكرة قد يضيف الى بعض الاشخاص وليس جميعهم مزيد من الفهم.

من خلال فهم الافكار والحيل التي شرحها الكاتب يستطيع القارئ أن يتذكر العديد من المواقف التي تعرض لها في حياته، مثل الاعلانات التجارية التي تحتكم لسلطة خارجية لاثبات فكرتها، (مثل اعلان معجون الاسنان الذي يطلبون فيه رأي طبيب فينصحهم بإن استخدام هذا المعجون هو الافضل)، او كمثال الكاتب المذكور في الكتاب (إن الناس كانوا ينامون لتسع ساع
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Anna L  Conti
Ali Almossawi's book, Bad Arguments is hard to categorize, and hard to place in the bookstore. I am still working my way through this slim, but dense, reference book. It's more than it appears to be at first glance.

It is neither a children's book, nor a facile review of the topic (improving your ability to clarify thoughts and analyze arguments.) Each page-illustration contains condensed, effective tools for "the analysis and communication of ideas" - a subject worthy of the necessary reflection
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HBalikov
Even though the illustrations are cute, this isn't a book for children. So, who is it for?

I never intended to take a course in logic. This is a casual romp through the world of illogical thought. It's nice to be reminded how easily we can be led astray. The best use so far, parsing the words of our political candidates. Already today, I can categorize the bad arguments of three presidential candidates.

Fun, and useful, just not definitive.
يوسف زهدى
الكتاب بسيط وجميل جدا, هو عبر عن شرح مبسط لحيل والحوار والمناقشات, وبعض الألاعيب المستخدمة لتغير لكسب النقاشات وبعض المغالطات المنطقية اللي بنشوفها كتير نتيجة التعصب او الاعجاب بالراي وعدم الاعتراف بالخطأ,
الجميل في الكتاب انه بلغة مبسطة جدا وانه فيه امثلة بتشرح كل حيلة ومغالطة
وهو كله على بعضه 50 صفحة نصهم صور بتشرح الحيل والمغالطات بصورة معبرة
الكتاب موجود online ببلاش بعده لغات على الرابط ده
https://bookofbadarguments.com/ar/
Davonna Juroe
Sep 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Asking the Right Questions: People who liked A Guide to Critical Thinking
Shelves: non-fiction
Brilliant book that is accompanied with conductive illustrations.

The importance of knowing about logic fallacies is summed up nicely in Almossawi's Final Remarks, "I hope that you also leave with a realization of the dangers of flimsy arguments and how commonplace they are in our everyday lives."

Hear, hear!

The book is available for free on the author's website along with a request for donation: https://bookofbadarguments.com/

Not to be missed.
يوسف بوحايك
كتاب بسيط وسلس بألفاظ سهلة وبأمثلة عن أهم المغالطات المنطقية المنتشرة كثيرا للأسف في الإعلام والحوار عموما، بل الأسوء أنك تلاحظها عند كبار المفكّرين رغم بساطتها وتهافتها، يرفق مع كلّ مغالطة مثال أو أكثر مع مثال مصوّر للتوضيح أكثر، كتاب أنصح به كلّ مهتم بالفكر والفلسفة خاصة المبتدئين.

رابط الكتاب بالعربية:
https://bookofbadarguments.com/ar/
رابط الكتاب بالإنجليزية:
https://bookofbadarguments.com/
Gina
Jan 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Gina by: Wendy
With the turn political discourse has taken, I feel like this should be required reading in high school (if not earlier). Even when the written explanations are a bit dense, the illustrations help clarify and offer context to the concept. Also, they're cute, because animals, so that's a plus.
Chris
Jul 30, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: work
This short little book is a good look at some of the most common fallacies. It has good use of illustrations and does a very good job conveying the information.
Naseema Khamis
Feb 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
استمتعت به كثيرا حيث إننا نستخدم هذه المغالطات في حياتنا اليومية دون أن ندرك ماهيتها
لنفرض رأينا أو لنحاجج أو لنناقش من حولنا
والشيء المؤلم أن نستخدمها ذواتنا ومع المقربين لنا أبناءنا أزواجنا
الكتاب يوضح أنواع المغالطات المنطقية في الحوارات بأسلوب
سلس وممتع وبلغة مفهومه للجميع

أنصح بقراءته
Rabab Al.aswad
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Heidi The Reader
I'm married to a former debate coach and picked up this little book to try to understand the workings of his mind. It helped but there's really only so much one can do to really empathize with a partner who loves to explain to folks why they're wrong on the world wide web. :)

An Illustrated Book of Bad Arguments does a fairly good job of taking an extremely complicated subject and making it understandable, but this isn't a simple read. I'd recommend it for high school and up because of the vocabu
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❂ Jennifer
A book I'll enjoy referring to now and then, if only to remind myself not to fall down the slippery slope of logical fallacies.

Only slightly wordier review: http://jenn.booklikes.com/post/124975...
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Ali Almossawi is the author of An Illustrated Book of Bad Arguments, Bad Choices, and the forthcoming The Point of Pointless Work. His books have been read by nearly 3 million readers, translated into 20 languages, and have sold over a quarter of a million copies in print. He lives in San Francisco with his wife and daughter.
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