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The Amazing Dr. Ransom's Bestiary of Adorable Fallacies

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Canon Logic Series

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The Field Guide for Clear Thinkers

Stymied and stumped by arguments that wrap around you like webs of mystification?

Dr. Ransom's Bestiary is perfect for supplementing any logic curriculum, from junior high to college, or for adults who want to learn more about logic! This book is filled with illustrations, descriptions, exercises, and analysis to help you identify and avoid fallacies you might encounter in everyday life. 

Fifty informal fallacies belong to families—fallacies of distraction, ambiguity, form, and "millennial fallacies"—and each one has names, nicknames, and a sketch of its adorable, harmless mode and its true feral face. Each fallacy is followed by discussion questions and exercises; a line-listed answer key and both one and two-semester schedules are included in the back of the book.

Get the flashcards for this amazing introduction to logic! Grades 6+ (at home or in school).

Normal flashcards are printed on 3.4" x 5.5" cardstock. Larger classroom flashcards are printed on 8.5" x 11" cardstock.

Each set includes all fifty fallacy flashcards from The Amazing Doctor Ransom's Bestiary of Adorable Fallacies. Test yourself on fallacy descriptions and all fallacy names (not to mention the ever-captivating beast titles and characteristics). Each flashcard is entertainingly illustrated with each fallacy in harmless mode on one side and attack mode on the other. Get the practice you need to identify the little stinkers wherever they might appear. 

What People Are Saying

"I sat down last night with a logic textbook [Adorable Fallacies] prepared by Canon Press—never had I found a subject more artfully and naturally approached.... It's a bit forbidding for me to be before an audience that understands rhetorical tropes, logical fallacies, and so on, because I depend on them to make my points...." -Walter Kirn, author of Up in the Air

"While I review the book as one that should be used by teens, I suspect that many adults will enjoy the book as much or more than teens. Those who might have been introduced to logical fallacies through some other course are unlikely to have encountered all of those covered here, and they certainly will not have learned about the bestiary that accompanies them. Even if Dr. Ransom is reviewing some previously-learned concepts, his unique storytelling talents should prove greatly entertaining." -Cathy Duffy, Homeschool Materials Reviewer

"With its whimsical drawings and far-fetched narrative, I felt as if I were flipping through a copy of J.K. Rowling's Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them rather than a catalog of logical fallacies. If you are looking for a good logic curriculum for your child, I would recommend this one, and while you are at it, this is a great refresher for us parents and teachers out there! We've giggled our way through our older group evening read-aloud time with The Bestiary, laughing at the over-the-top examples, but finding more than adequate fodder in society and history to keep a passionate discussion going for well over an hour." -Homeschooling Moms

"Fun for Kids, Smart for Adults" -Kit

"My 8 year old son was flipping through it the day it came in the mail and he was rollicking on the floor in laughter at the pictures." -Bob

    Inside Dr. Ransom's Bestiary

    • Informal fallacies including:
      • Kingdom I: Fallacies of Distraction
      • Kingdom II: Fallacies of Ambiguity
      • Kingdom III: Fallacies of Form
      • Kingdom IV: Millenial Fallacies 
          • Bestiary of Adorable Fallacies of 50 adorable fallacies
          • Suggested schedules 
          • Cultural Cheat Sheet
          • Quizzes and Tests
          • Exercises and Discussion Questions
          • Flashcards
            • Normal flashcards (3.4" x 5.5")
            • Classroom Flashcards (8.5" x 11")

          Douglas Wilson has been pastor of Christ Church, Moscow, ID for forty years and is the author of more than fifty books including Empires of Dirt, Rules for Reformers, and Flags Out Front. He blogs regularly at www.dougwils.com and can be heard weekly on The Plodcast. Doug and Nancy have three children and lots of grandchildren.


          REGULAR FLASHCARDS ISBN-10: 1957905182

          REGULAR FLASHCARDS ISBN-13: 9781957905181

          CLASSROOM FLASHCARDS ISBN-10: 1957905190

          CLASSROOM FLASHCARDS ISBN-13: 9781957905198

            Customer Reviews

            Based on 15 reviews
            Laura Ferg
            A great teaching tool

            My four sons (ages 8-13) look forward to meeting a new adorable fallacy each week, as do I. It helps that we are huge fans of N.D.Wilson already (the oldest having read every book he’s written, and the others well on their way) In true N.D. Wilson fashion, these fallacies come to life through the art of wordsmithing. Even the answers(each chapter has review questions, how cool is that?!)in the back of the book, which are very instrumental for me, are hilarious and entertaining for the boys.

            Zack Quinn

            The Amazing Dr. Ransom's Bestiary of Adorable Fallacies

            Amy Tompkins
            Adorable, Indeed!

            We love this resource! My kids all flip through it for fun and draw the cute Beasties. A wonderful way to remember fallacies.

            Danielle Wood


            Clifford Dunn

            It's very, very good..wish I knew about it earlier in my life.