The Fallacy Detective: Thirty-Eight Lessons on How to Recognize Bad Reasoning

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2009 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 90% water. A watermelon is 90% 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.

2009 Edition introduces the special pleading and slippery slope fallacies and includes many new illustrations.

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About the Author:

In 1999 Nathaniel Bluedorn and Hans Bluedorn decided to try to turn their interest in logic into a livelihood by starting FallacyDetective.com. Since then, they have written two books on logic for children and adults, The Fallacy Detective and The Thinking Toolbox.

Review:

I love your book! I never knew how much fun logic was until I read your book. P.S. I am 12 years old. --Paul Muenzler -- Student

I'm always delighted when two sides that seem mutually opposed come together in harmonious agreement. I'm even more delighted when I've taken one of those sides. In this case, I write of the efforts of Nathaniel and Hans Bluedorn, brothers from Iowa who advocate homeschooling and create educational materials from a Christian worldview. The fruit of the latest Bluedorn effort is a short text, The Fallacy Detective, designed to be a primer in logic for older children, specifically homeschooled Christian children, though the book is intended for anyone who wants to explore the subject. . . . I find it wonderful that the Bluedorns, among others, are actively reinvigorating the religious world with a healthy dose of independent thought . . . --Andrew C. Thomas -- The Tech, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

My family and I are really enjoying your book. Even my youngest son, who is eight, enjoys attempting to answer the questions. Your book was a great introduction to another program that I had purchased. Going directly into that program probably would have bored my children to tears but now they are interested in the concepts of logic. My children became instantly attracted to the program because of the the comic segments but later couldn't put it down. --LaVera, MD -- Parent

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