Is there a book I can buy that accurately/easily explains all of the fallacies in logic/reasoning?
Posted: 18 October 2013 07:59 AM   [ Ignore ]
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Hi all,

I am interested in becoming more educated on the long list of fallacies that exist in the world of logic and reasoning. Ex: types of red herrings, straw mans, ad hominem, gambler’s fallacy, etc. (Those are some basic ones- there’s many more if you go to “list of fallacies” on Wikipedia). I think it would be nice for me to own a book that goes in depth about what all of these are, rather than me having to spend a bunch of time doing research on the internet.

Thanks!

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eaglez7711 - 18 October 2013 07:59 AM

Hi all,

I am interested in becoming more educated on the long list of fallacies that exist in the world of logic and reasoning. Ex: types of red herrings, straw mans, ad hominem, gambler’s fallacy, etc. (Those are some basic ones- there’s many more if you go to “list of fallacies” on Wikipedia). I think it would be nice for me to own a book that goes in depth about what all of these are, rather than me having to spend a bunch of time doing research on the internet.

Thanks!

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Posted: 18 October 2013 09:52 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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eaglez7711 - 18 October 2013 07:59 AM

Hi all,

I am interested in becoming more educated on the long list of fallacies that exist in the world of logic and reasoning. Ex: types of red herrings, straw mans, ad hominem, gambler’s fallacy, etc. (Those are some basic ones- there’s many more if you go to “list of fallacies” on Wikipedia). I think it would be nice for me to own a book that goes in depth about what all of these are, rather than me having to spend a bunch of time doing research on the internet.

Thanks!

Just look in the Philosophy section of any good bookstore. There will be all kinds of exactly what you’re looking for.

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Posted: 18 October 2013 10:03 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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Cuthbert is quite correct.  A related source, if you have any university or community college nearby would be the student bookstore.  Look for text books for critical thinking and introductory logic courses.

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Posted: 18 October 2013 10:12 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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You might want to check this out.

The Tyranny of Words (1938) by Stuart Chase
http://www.anxietyculture.com/tyranny.htm
http://archive.org/details/tyrannyofwords00chas
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M9H1StY1nU8

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Posted: 18 October 2013 11:03 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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eaglez7711 - 18 October 2013 07:59 AM

Hi all,

I am interested in becoming more educated on the long list of fallacies that exist in the world of logic and reasoning. Ex: types of red herrings, straw mans, ad hominem, gambler’s fallacy, etc. (Those are some basic ones- there’s many more if you go to “list of fallacies” on Wikipedia). I think it would be nice for me to own a book that goes in depth about what all of these are, rather than me having to spend a bunch of time doing research on the internet.

Thanks!

You don’t have to buy a book.  Go here

http://www.logicalfallacies.info/

You could print it out if you want it handy. If you really want to spend money on a book, look in the   philosophy section of any bookstore or online.

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Posted: 18 October 2013 01:23 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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My favorite is this
http://www.iep.utm.edu/fallacy/

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Posted: 18 October 2013 03:55 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]
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Psikeyhacker’s recommendation of “The Tyranny of Words” is also excellent and just as important even if it isn’t strictly logic and critical thinking, but rather semantics.  Another equivalent book that’s out of print, but easily available as a used copy is “Language in Thought and Action” by S. I. Hayakawa.

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Posted: 19 October 2013 07:21 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 8 ]
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I’m looking for more of a book- not so much videos or online articles. Any other recommendations? Thanks =]

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Posted: 19 October 2013 09:34 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 9 ]
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I’m currently reading “Intuition Pumps And Other Tools For Thinking” by Daniel Dennett. It’s not a comprehensive book of fallacies exactly like you describe, but the concept is much the same. Dennett’s intuition pumps are basically allegories which help you to think without logical fallacies and to more easily recognize them, and he also talks about allegories which actually hide fallacies making them harder to find, which he calls boom crutches. Slightly amusing, but a good approach.

I also highly recommend anything by Dan Ariley. He calls himself a behavioral economist, and his focus of study is studying how people make irrational decisions, from a statistical standpoint.

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Posted: 21 October 2013 09:54 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 10 ]
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I.J. Abdul Hakeem - 18 October 2013 01:23 PM

My favorite is this
http://www.iep.utm.edu/fallacy/

Interesting that you’d have a favorite logic site given your signature.

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