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Saturday, December 1, 2012

The Fallacy Detective

The Fallacy Detective

By Nathaniel Bluedorn and Hans Bluedorn

  • Educational/Homeschool
  • My rating is 5 out of 5 stars
  • ISBN: 978-0-9745315-3-3

                 In this great logic book, which is part of the same series of books as "The Thinking Toolbox", we are learning now how to recognize bad reasoning.
                 The basic set up of the book is similar to "The Thinking Toolbox" in that  you have the separate lessons which have the explanation, examples and exercises.  The difference is in the theme of the book.  "The Fallacy Detective" starts out with teaching us to listen. (every mom is cheering now!)
Sometimes we aren't good at the basic listening skills needed in life, and we miss out on the whole story. This section shows us ways to listen and why it's important to listen. We have to use our minds in order to catch the bad reasoning. A Fallacy means when you find an error in your logic. To find the bad reasoning we have to use our minds and be able to notice when things don't make sense.
                  In this book we cover how to handle things such as avoiding the question where we learn about red herrings. We learn what happens when we make assumptions, some statistical fallacies and finally propaganda.
                   The explanations of each of these are carefully laid out in specific sections which allows us to understand what is being explained. What I find especially fun in this book is the Detective game at the end of the book. You are able to apply what you have been learning about and use it in finding the fallacies in a fun way. It's a wonderful way to engage the students. I would check out this book for sure!

Disclosure: I received a paperback copy of the book in order to do the review. All opinions are honest and my own.

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