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The Fallacy Detective: Thirty-Eight Lessons on How to Recognize Bad Reasoning by [Bluedorn, Nathaniel, Bluedorn, Hans]
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Length: 266 pages Word Wise: Enabled Language: English

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What is a fallacy? A fallacy is an error in logic a place where someone has made a mistake in his thinking. This is a handy book for learning to spot common errors in reasoning.
- For ages twelve through adult.
- Fun to use -- learn skills you can use right away.
- Peanuts, Dilbert, and Calvin and Hobbes cartoons.
- Includes The Fallacy Detective Game.
- Exercises with answer key.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 5350 KB
  • Print Length: 266 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 097453157X
  • Publisher: Christian Logic; Workbook Edition (4th Edition) edition (20 September 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006M8OZV4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: Be the first to review this item
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #149,495 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars They have learned a great deal more then I anticipated and are able to ... 22 April 2015
By Super Mom - Published on Amazon.com
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I am a homeschool mom and use this in a joint lesson with my 2nd and 5th grader. They have learned a great deal more then I anticipated and are able to apply thought thought process to writing as well.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to understand and learn how to identify the poor logic used in politics and news media today. 7 December 2016
By Tangiora - Published on Amazon.com
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Great review of logical fallacies with good examples of each of the fallacies described. If you aren't familiar with logical fallacies, read this book and you may never look at news and politics the same again. See how easy it is to jump to bad conclusions by biting on a fallacy dangled before you like a worm on a hook.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Intro to Logical Fallacies 3 March 2016
By All4Him - Published on Amazon.com
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I enjoyed reading through this book with my daughter's as a great intro to logical fallacies. The author's examples and humor made this new subject understandable and fun. We gained confidence in recognizing bad reasoning in our everyday lives thanks to this easy to read book. As a homeschool parent, I especially appreciated the review at the end of each chapter which helped keep the fallacies fresh in our minds. We have been inspired to dig deeper into logic.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very thorough and Easy to use 12 November 2016
By Kimberly R. - Published on Amazon.com
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I'm teaching this book to a group of seventh and eighth graders in my co-op. It has spurred a lot of great conversations. It gives great examples and the kids are genuinely learning how to pick out fallacies in everyday life. Obviously, it has a Christian slant, but I don't think that detracts from the material presented.
20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding beginning book for teaching young people to think 2 November 2012
By RaShell from Mommy's Apron - Published on Amazon.com
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I am using Fallacy Detective with two of my children, ages 12 and 10 although occasionally my 6 and 4 year olds listen in too. The book states it is intended for ages 12 and up. My older children are not having any difficulty with this book and my younger ones understand some of it.

There are a couple things I am doing to help the children really learn the material. They love the book and would like to cover 10 lessons a day if I would let them! First, we are taking it slow with one lesson every couple of days and in-between lesson days we continue to review the fallacies we have previously learned. Two, I have made a list with the name of the fallacy and a short, couple word reminder of the meaning of that fallacy. I have it placed in a prominent spot so we can review it and the children glance up at it often as we try to discern any fallacies in ideas we hear, things we read that are posted on Facebook, or things watched in carefully selected You Tube videos.

My children have made a game of identifying fallacies all over the place- commercials, political speeches, newspaper ads, etc. I know they truly understand this material as they continue to correctly identify different fallacies.

Things that I have found most helpful about the book:
The lessons are short.
There are exercises at the end of most lessons to reinforce the fallacy that is taught.
There are exercises at the end of each lesson that review previous fallacies that are taught.
The children enjoy the book.

At the end of the book is a Fallacy Detective Game that we have not yet played but I know my children will enjoy it. Looking ahead, even though my children have not completed all the lessons, they have enough knowledge to begin playing the game before finishing the book. It looks like another wonderful way to review.

In the back there is a short list of all the fallacies covered in the book and an example of that fallacy that will be a wonderful reference tool for future use to remind us of what we have learned.

Overall, we are very pleased with our purchase and we see immense value in what our children are so eagerly learning. We feel this is a fantastic beginning logic book and we highly recommend it.

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