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The Fallacy Detective - Revised Version

Easy to Use, Engaging to Boot
The Fallacy Detective is self-teaching, meaning no other resources are needed, but it is intended for children and parents to use together. It deals primarily with misleading notions. This is the most practical segment in the study of logic. Abundantly easy to use, and engaging to boot, we read The Fallacy Detective aloud as a family and enjoyed some friendly competition as we raced to answer the questions orally.

Recommended Age
Although the authors recommend this book for older children, Pearl was eight when we started it and we did not feel any of the topics were inappropriate - heartbreaking perhaps, but not improper. Your family may differ, so we urge you to stay one chapter ahead if you are using this book with younger children.

Even Reluctant Scholars Enjoy Learning About Fallacies
By using short chapters, clear examples, a touch of humor, and interesting exercises, even reluctant scholars will enjoy learning how to identify fallacies. A full answer key is included at the back of the book.

A Decidedly Christian Perspective
Presented from a decidedly Christian perspective, The Fallacy Detective contains examples that concern conservative families, like abortion and politics. The practice and terminology will lay a great foundation for all other logic study. 214 pages.

2009 Edition: More Fallacies, More Cartoons

  • 2009 Edition introduces the special pleading and slippery slope fallacies
  • Peanuts, Dilbert, and Calvin and Hobbes cartoons
  • Learn skills you can use right away
  • Fun to use, not dry like a math textbook
  • Self-teaching, not intimidating
  • Covers logical fallacies and propaganda techniques
  • Explains how to spot fallacies
  • Each lesson has exercises, with an answer key at the back
  • Includes The Fallacy Detective Game
  • Geared for ages 12 to adult - the publisher suggests using The Fallacy Detective before advancing onto more difficult logic programs

  • Another outstanding component of Timberdoodle's 2016 Seventh-Grade Curriculum Kit!
    Publisher's Information
    Author: Nathaniel Bluedorn and Hans Bluedorn
    Pages: 214
    Binding: Softcover
    Copyright: 2002, 2009
    ISBN: 978-0-9745-315-3-3
    Publisher: Christian Logic
    Made In: USA
    Consumable: No
    Faith-Based: Yes

    Awards and Endorsements:
    First Place in the Logic category of the 2012 Practical Homeschooling Reader Awards
    Finalist in ForeWord Magazine's 2003 Book of the Year Awards in the Philosophy category

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    The truth about The Fallacy Detective October 10, 2013
    Reviewer: Joy L.  
    This is the curriculum used for the first semester of my middle schooler's Reasoning class at our homeschool co-op. With examples that students can relate to, our son enjoys learning the logic concepts and putting them into practice, especially putting forth arguments to win his parents over to his side-lol! The content is informative, yet entertaining, written in a conversational style perfect for a middle schooler's introductory course to logic.

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    Love seeing kids apply to real life! July 27, 2013
    Reviewer: Richly Blessed  
    I have three kids in grades 7-11 who used this book together. They figured out the lessons by discussing possible solutions often competing with one another. I really enjoyed seeing them apply what they learned to real life situations and find faulty reasoning particularly in commercials.

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    I'm a Fan May 31, 2012
    Reviewer: alotofgewgaws  
    Logic and Reasoning! Must I say more. This book is essential for the ENTIRE family. Challenging at times, yes. My age recommendation would be 13 years and older.

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    Good book for teaching logic May 31, 2012
    Reviewer: Amy G  
    This is a very useful book. The lessons are short and engaging, and they cover topics that can seem a little too pointed and "preachy" when they come from me. Instead of my children thinking that I'm telling them a product is bad because I don't want to spend the money, they can identify the fallacies in advertising on their own. It's not enough for a full credit in a logic course, but it is a very good book. You can either supplement it with some other materials, or just hand it over for free reading and not use it for transcript-appropriate, "official" homeschooling.

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    Your kids will be smarter than you are. October 10, 2011
    Reviewer: Virginia Morgan from Greenville, IL United States  
    Excellent job, Bluedorn brothers! You have taught my teenagers to recognize fallacies everywhere they go. Nothing is sacred...not billboards, not magazines, and certainly not anything on TV. I am so thankful that The Fallacy Detective book is here to keep my kids from being brainwashed.

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