The author is an assistant professor in the Computer Science Department at Carnegie Mellon University. He has an M.Sc. in computer science from the University of Karlsruhe, Germany and a Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Oldenburg, Germany. Among other awards he won best paper awards at the Tableaux 2007 and FM 2009 conferences, he was among Popular Science Magazine's annual "Brilliant 10" in 2009, he received the ACM Doctoral Dissertation Honorable Mention Award in 2009, he was among the IEEE Intelligent Systems' biennial "AI's 10 to Watch" in 2011, and he received an NSF Career award in 2011. His research interests include the logical foundations of cyberphysical systems, theorem proving and model checking.
Logically Fallacious is one of the most comprehensive collections of logical fallacies with all original examples and easy to understand descriptions, perfect for educators, debaters, or anyone who wants to improve his or her reasoning skills.
"Expose an irrational belief, keep a person rational for a day. Expose irrational thinking, keep a person rational for a lifetime." - Bo Bennett
The antidote to fuzzy thinking, with furry animals!
Have you read (or stumbled into) one too many irrational online debates? Ali Almossawi certainly had, so he wrote An Illustrated Book of Bad Arguments! This handy guide is here to bring the internet age a much-needed dose of old-school logic (really old-school, a la Aristotle).
Here are cogent explanations of the straw man fallacy, the slippery slope argument, the ad hominem attack, and other common attempts at reasoning that actually fall short—plus a beautifully drawn menagerie of animals who (adorably) commit every logical faux pas. Rabbit thinks a strange light in the sky must be a UFO because no one can prove otherwise (the appeal to ignorance). And Lion doesn’t believe that gas emissions harm the planet because, if that were true, he wouldn’t like the result (the argument from consequences).
Once you learn to recognize these abuses of reason, they start to crop up everywhere from congressional debate to YouTube comments—which makes this geek-chic book a must for anyone in the habit of holding opinions.