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The Fallacy Detective

Thirty-Eight Lessons on How to Recognize Bad Reasoning

by Nathaniel Bluedorn and Hans Bluedorn

What is a fallacy? A fallacy is an error in logic – a place where someone has made a mistake in his thinking.

“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 is an easy book for learning to spot common errors in reasoning.

The Fallacy Detective
6.5×9 quality paperback, 214 pages
ISBN 978-0-9745-315-3-3

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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

Making Assumptions
13. The Story of Aroup Goupta
14. Assumptions
15. Circular Reasoning
16. Equivocation
17. Loaded Question
18. Slippery Slope
19. Part-to-Whole
20. Whole-to-Part
21. Either-Or

Statistical Fallacies
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
32. Bandwagon
33. Exigency
34. Repetition
35. Transfer
36. Snob Appeal
37. Appeal to Tradition and Appeal to Hi-Tech
38. Find Some Propaganda on Your Own

The Fallacy Detective Game

Answer Key

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