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The Book of Bad Arguments

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  • Ask HN: Any interesting books you have read lately?
    I’ve had the pdf of “Almost Perfect” by Pete Peterson [0] on my cloud for a while and like reading it in bits and pieces and rereading it when I’m stuck somewhere without data. It’s the story of WordPerfect and while desktop software is very different than today’s software the organizational dynamics is fascinating to me. And I like how what to me is a very technical thing- writing excellent software- is designed... - Source: Hacker News / 11 months ago
  • What do you wish schools taught?
    Our brains are tools. We are using our own, and people around us are using theirs. We should get to learn more about our brains and how to use ours together. So: Bad arguments, fallacies and other biases. Once these are a common understanding, you can enter into constructive investigation and dialogue about Science, History, Politics, etc. Source: about 1 year ago
  • I have been seeing this push more and more to raise the voting age. I guess they didn't like that Gen Z showed up to vote. Keep voting Gen Z!
    Here. You are featured on almost every page. Cheers. Source: about 1 year ago
  • Critical thinking skills
    This is also a good start: Source: over 1 year ago
  • In the US, there’s more than two political parties, why don’t more people look outside those two?
    As someone who is often disliked because of my attention to the truth, I would highly recommend getting a copy of -- people will already dislike you for pointing out their wrong, the least you can do is have fun with it IMO. Source: over 1 year ago
  • So, what IS China?
    I have a book recommendation for you. Source: over 1 year ago
  • Can our brains be trained into respectful political dialogue. Research findings showed that youth who received the intervention showed a broad and multidimensional bio-neurobehavioral change and the intervention gains lasted for years
    Well, you can try with an illustrated book of things to avoid. Source: over 1 year ago
  • where can i find pork in Amman
    #1: A Simple Guide to Misconceptions about Evolution #2: Who created the universe - من خلق الكون #3: An Illustrated Book of Bad Arguments – A free, short, quick book to teach you about logical fallacies you might fall a victim to when having arguments/debates. Available both in English and Arabic (P.S.: The Arabic version is very poorly written and is confusing, choose English if you can) | 1 comment. Source: over 1 year ago
  • 'Irresponsible populist nonsense': Addictions minister calls out Poilievre over drug policy
    You can find an appropriate answer to your question here. Source: over 1 year ago
  • What’s the most gatekeep-y opinion you hold?
    I feel like it’s similar to “No True Scotsman” in the Book of Bad Arguments by Ali Almossawi, which is available free online and great for understanding logical fallacies. Source: almost 2 years ago
  • Are there any good books that teach you to identify logical fallacies and propaganda techniques?
    This is hopefully pretty easy to follow: Source: almost 2 years ago
  • LPT: Use fun illusions to teach your children how and when their minds and senses can be tricked. This will help prevent them for falling for fallacious reasoning for the rest of their lives.
    Nice segway into an illustrated Book of Bad Arguments. Source: almost 2 years ago
  • In your view, what qualities make an argument bad faith?
    Short answer: Source: almost 2 years ago
  • Are there any good books that go through logical fallacies using real world examples, but doesn't dryly read like a textbook?
    The easiest book is The Illustrated Book of Bad Arguments which is brief and I think can be viewed in its entirely here. Source: about 2 years ago
  • IWTL How to improve my critical thinking skills
    Start with this book. I got mine on Amazon for my kindle. I bought copies for my grandchildren because I’d like it if they learned early how to spot this sort of thing. Get really comfortable doing research, and learn the difference between actual news and information sources and opinion sites. Just because you see something on the internet doesn’t make it true. Source: about 2 years ago
  • Boxing fans are always taking down strawmen
    This boom is fantastic for explaining all of the different types of bad arguments. Page 12 covers Strawmen: Source: over 2 years ago
  • IWTL how to be more smarter and a critical thinker
    You might gain a lot of insight by studying cognitive biases and logical fallacies to be more aware of them as pitfalls to reasoning. This is really entertaining and educational I've read and reread this it's really simple that's why it's so great: Here is a big list of cognitive biases it may be overwhelming as a "article" to read but if you focus on Any part of it in tiny chunks... Source: over 2 years ago
  • You guys are sometimes doing the adult (?) version of "if I can't see it, it doesn't exist" about negative aspects of crypto and I think that kinda sucks
    Dear fellow objective truth seeker: level up here. Source: over 2 years ago
  • Coded downlow athiest gift for religious idiot mother in law?
    An Illustrated Book of Bad Arguments Https:// Source: over 2 years ago
  • Question about teaching logic, reasoning, fallacies, and bias
    As a complement to what school offers I was looking at classics-based resources when I came across Dr. Anika Prather's site and An Illustrated Book of Bad Arguments. Based on your response and others, it seems like the most effective approach for earlier grade levels may be introducing the abstract concept through story telling, then defining the vocabulary, then helping refine the ability to intentionally apply... Source: over 2 years ago
  • Finding fallacy articles and types of it
    If I'm being cynical, large portions of all the media Mentioned. To be a little more focused, almost anyone speaking their Opinion on TV will make fallacious arguments.  Sean Hannity and Tucker Carlson would be go-tos.  Take a short segment where they are speaking Without a guest, and write it out. Here's my favorite short list of fallacies: Source: over 2 years ago

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