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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.
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. 227 pages.
Another outstanding component of
Timberdoodle's 2014 Seventh-Grade Curriculum Kit!
What is a fallacy? A fallacy is an error in logic – a place where someone has made a mistake in his thinking.
This is a fallacy:
“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.”
2009 REVISED CONTENTS
Introduction: What Is a Fallacy?
The Inquiring Mind
1. Exercise Your Mind
2. Love to Listen
3. Opposing Viewpoints
Avoiding the Question
4. Red Herring Fallacy
5. Recognizing Red Herrings
6. Special Pleading
7. Ad Hominem Attack
8. Genetic Fallacy
9. Tu Quoque
10. Faulty Appeal to Authority
11. Appeal to the People
12. Straw Man
13. The Story of Aroup Goupta
15. Circular Reasoning
17. Loaded Question
18. Slippery Slope
22. What Is a Generalization?
23. Hasty Generalization
24. What Is an Analogy?
25. Weak Analogy
26. Post Hoc Ergo Propter Hoc
27. Post Hoc Ergo Propter Hoc in Statistics
28. Proof by Lack of Evidence
29. What Is Propaganda?
30. Appeal to Fear
31. Appeal to Pity
36. Snob Appeal
37. Appeal to Tradition and Appeal to Hi-Tech
38. Find Some Propaganda on Your Own
The Fallacy Detective Game
2009 Edition: More Fallacies, More Cartoons
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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
Nathaniel Bluedorn and Hans Bluedorn
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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