This hilariously fun book on informal fallacies is the best introduction to logic that there is. We recommend you start it in Grade 6...and then every year after that!
Stymied and stumped by arguments that wrap around you like web of mystification? The Amazing Dr. Ransom's Bestiary of Adorable Fallacies is here to help! This "Field Guide for Clear Thinkers" is filled with illustrations, descriptions, exercises, and analysis to help you identify and avoid fallacies you might encounter in everyday life.
Describing fifty informal fallacies organized by context—fallacies of distraction, ambiguity, form, and "millennial fallacies"—each is described as a (adorable yet venomous) creature one might encounter in the wild, complete with illustration and fantastical description. This book is perfect for supplementing any high school or college logic curriculum ... or as an independent read for adults who want to learn more about logic!
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. 320 pages, softcover. Grades 6+ (at home or at school).
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Click here for flashcards 3.4" x 5.5" on 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.
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Douglas Wilson is a pastor in Moscow, Idaho, a father of three, and grandfather of seventeen. He is the author of numerous books, including Decluttering Your Marriage, Future Men, and How to Exasperate Your Wife.
Nathan Wilson lives and writes in the top of a tall, skinny house only one block from where he was born. But his bestselling novels, including the highly acclaimed 100 Cupboards series, have traveled far and wide and have been translated into dozens of languages. He and his wife have five young storytellers of their own, along with an unreasonable number of pets. You can visit him online at ndwilson.com.
PUBLISHER: Canon Press
AUTHORS: Dr. Ransom (Douglas Wilson & Nathan Wilson)
ILLUSTRATOR: Forrest Dickison
PAGE COUNT: 320 pages
ISBN 10: 1-59128-187-3
PUB. DATE: July 21, 2015