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Before you can appreciate this book, you have to be able to understand the need for it. Just what is a fallacy? A fallacy occurs when someone has made a mistake in his thinking. Tragically, fallacies are becoming more commonplace even in the Christian community as bogus emails and the like make the rounds among well-intentioned believers. What can/should you do? Here is a great place to start because, while The Fallacy Detective deals only with misleading notions, this is the most practical segment in the study of logic. The authors have divided the most common fallacies and propaganda techniques into thirty-six easy-to-understand lessons. The Fallacy Detective is self-teaching, meaning no other resources are needed, but it is intended for children and parents to use together. 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.Presented from a decidedly Christian perspective, with examples that concern conservative families, like abortion and politics, the authors recommend the book for ages 13 and up. The practice and terminology will lay a great foundation for all other logic study.
What is a fallacy? A fallacy is an error in logic a place where someone has made a mistake in his thinking.
These are fallacies:
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 new book, The Fallacy Detective, must do a good job teaching logic. It has been on the bestseller list for months.
This book was written to meet the needs of parents and teachers who want a do-able text for introducing logic and critical thinking to children.
sample lesson here
Fun to use not dry like a math textbook
Self-teaching, not intimidating
Starts you with skills you can use right away
Each lesson has exercises, with an answer key at the back
Covers logical fallacies and propaganda techniques
Explains how to spot fallacies
Gives exercises to stretch your abilities for detecting fallacies
Geared for ages 13 and older publisher suggests using The Fallacy Detective before advancing onto more difficult logic programs
Includes The Fallacy Detective Game, giving you and your friends an entertaining way to spot and make up your own examples of fallacies
A finalist in ForeWord Magazine's 2003 Book of the Year Awards, Philosophy category
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Nathaniel Bluedorn and Hans Bluedorn
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