Almossawi Ali, Giraldo Alejandro. An Illustrated Book of Bad Arguments
The 2nd edition will be out in late Preorder it now! An Illustrated Book of Bad Arguments is a project aimed at teaching newcomers to the field of critical thinking, particularly younger ones, the importance of logical reasoning using a novel approach. It covers a small set of common errors in reasoning and visualizes them using memorable illustrations that are supplemented with lots of examples. The illustrations are partly inspired by allegories such as Orwell's Animal Farm and partly by the humorous nonsense of works such as Lewis Carroll's stories and poems.
The science of argumentation can seem complicated, but in day-to-day terms, it quite often comes down to competing emotions. However, subjects in tests told not to feel anything about an issue before viewing media about it tend to be more supportive. Most arguments take place in the fray—family dinners, online forum wars—but even in these cases, applying the best of our reasoning, before, during, or after, can put us in better stead. The ability to analyze arguments also help[s] provide a yardstick for knowing when to withdraw from discussions that would most likely be futile. The art is rich and full of surprises; the sample arguments silly but effective at making the point. The next time you find yourself melting down over a disagreement, it will likely help to take a time out and refresh yourself with this useful primer.