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An interesting take on the art of arguing - learn to argue effectively, by studying what not to do.

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“Learn the lost art of making sense” In a time where nearly every forum – online and off – seems like nothing but one bad argument after another, Ali Almossawi presents a short and concise book aimed at helping you identify them correctly and understand how they’re used. From Straw Man to Slippery Slope, An […]

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Posted August 20, 2014 by

 
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“Learn the lost art of making sense”

In a time where nearly every forum – online and off – seems like nothing but one bad argument after another, Ali Almossawi presents a short and concise book aimed at helping you identify them correctly and understand how they’re used. From Straw Man to Slippery Slope, An Illustrated Book of Bad Arguments is your guide to arguing badly (although hopefully you use that knowledge for good, not evil – there’s enough trolls out there already).

If you’re like most of us, you’ve probably heard terms like “equivocation” or “no true scotsman”, but didn’t know exactly what they meant or how they originated. In An Illustrated Book of Bad Arguments, the author presents each type of argument individually, and gives a clear explanation of what it means and how it is used. When pertinent, the origin of the term is also given, as well as quotes about it from notable people past and present and examples of how it is often used. This makes each type of argument very easy to understand, identify, and (hopefully) avoid.

Now that all may sound a little bit dry to all but a select few, and it certainly could end up that way. As a way to both add a little interest and further illustrate his points, Almossawi added fun illustrations to the mix. For each argument described, there is a skillfully drawn sketch of animals illustrating an example of it. From birds demonstrating a passage from Through the Looking-Glass to pigs outside a nightclub, these drawings are a unique way to freshen up what otherwise might be a somewhat bland subject, adding another level of understanding of the term at the same time.

Whether you want to send an unusual gift to your favorite debater (or least favorite troll), or just seek a deeper understanding of arguing in general,  An Illustrated Book of Bad Arguments is a book that aims to help you argue properly – by showing you what not to do. With interesting and easy to understand explanations, combined with animal filled illustrations that are informative and oftentimes amusing, An Illustrated Book of Bad Arguments is a book that is surprisingly easy to read – and a great gift idea for anyone who loves words (or loves to argue).


Amy

 
U.S. Senior Editor & Deputy EIC, @averyzoe on Twitter, mother of 5, gamer, reader, wife to @macanthony, and all-around bad-ass (no, not really)