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Uncover the truth under all the BS

In the daily battle for our hearts and minds--not to mention our hard-earned cash--the truth is usually the first casualty. It's time we learned how to see through the rhetoric, faulty reasoning, and misinformation that we're subjected to from morning to night by talk-radio hosts, op-ed columnists, advertisers, self-help gurus, business "thinkers," and, of course, politicians. And no one is better equipped to show us how than award-winning philosopher Jamie Whyte.

In Crimes Against Logic Whyte take us on a fast-paced, ruthlessly funny romp through the mulligan stew of can, folderol, and bogus logic served up in the media, at the office, and even in your own home. Applying his laserlike wit to dozens of timely examples, Whyte cuts through the haze of facts, figures, and double-talk and gets at the real truth behind what they're telling us.

"An incisive philosopher."

--Sunday Telegraph

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A witty assault on lame rhetoric, specious logic,   and official BS Here's a fast-paced, ruthlessly funny romp through the mulligan stew of illogic, unreason, and just plain drivel served up daily in the media by pundits, psychics, ad agencies, New Age gurus, statisticians, free trade ideologues, business "thinkers," and, of course, politicians. Award-winning young philosopher Jamie Whyte applies his laser-like wit to dozens of timely examples in order to deconstruct the rhetoric and cut through the haze of shibboleth and doubletalk to get at the real issues. A troubleshooting guide to both public and private discourse, "Crimes Against Logic": Analyzes the 12 major logical fallacies, with examples from the media and everyday life Takes no prisoners as it goes up against the scientific, religious, academic, and political establishments Helps you fine-tune your critical faculties and learn to skewer debaters on their own phony logic

About the Author

Jamie Whyte (London, England) is a past lecturer of philosophy at Cambridge University and winner of Analysis journal's prestigious prize for the best article by a philosopher under 30.

Table of Contents

The Right to Your Opinion

Motives

Authority

Prejudice in Fancy Dress

Shut Up!

Empty Words

Inconsistency

Equivocation

Begging the Question

Coincidence

Shocking Statistics

Morality Fever

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Lili, November 15, 2006 (view all comments by Lili)
I wasn?t really sure what to expect when I delved into this book. I heard it was witty and sarcastic ? it is. I heard Whyte was blunt and highly political ? he is. Did I like it? From politics to religion, Whyte attacks the false logic he sees in every argument. He analyzes the lies of politicians and the existence of God. So sure, I liked parts of this book. It is well written and it makes you think, but it was a little too opinionated and blunt for my taste.

After reading this book, I feel that everyone should do some thinking on their own to determine what they really find false in the world. I decided that I needed to spruce up my overall knowledge ? from politics to the environment. I found this great site called agogus.com, which has knowledge reports on just about every topic you can think of. Everyday, I read up on something new and I have a much clearer grasp on the issues affecting our society and the world. So, if you read this book and you find yourself seeking more knowledge, Agogus is a must.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780071446433
Author:
Whyte, Jamie
Publisher:
McGraw-Hill
Author:
Whyte Jamie
Subject:
General
Subject:
Logic
Subject:
Fallacies (logic)
Subject:
rhetoric, semantics, journalism, debate, book, editorials, arguments, freakenomics, campaign speeches, crucial conversations, crucial confrontations, influencer, fallacies, fallacy, logic, political speech, obama, mccain, spin doctor, tony blair, statisti
Subject:
Authority
Subject:
Prejudice in Fancy Dress,
Subject:
Shut Up!,
Subject:
Empty Words,
Subject:
Inconsistency
Subject:
Equivocation,
Subject:
Coincidence
Subject:
Morality Fever
Subject:
rhetoric, semantics, journalism, debate, book, editorials, arguments, freakenomics, campaign speeches, crucial conversations, crucial confrontations, influencer, fallacies, fallacy, logic, political speech, obama, mccain, spin doctor, tony blair, statisti
Subject:
PHILOSOPHY / Logic
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1
Publication Date:
September 2004
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
176
Dimensions:
7.00x4.98x.47 in. .33 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , A witty assault on lame rhetoric, specious logic,   and official BS Here's a fast-paced, ruthlessly funny romp through the mulligan stew of illogic, unreason, and just plain drivel served up daily in the media by pundits, psychics, ad agencies, New Age gurus, statisticians, free trade ideologues, business "thinkers," and, of course, politicians. Award-winning young philosopher Jamie Whyte applies his laser-like wit to dozens of timely examples in order to deconstruct the rhetoric and cut through the haze of shibboleth and doubletalk to get at the real issues. A troubleshooting guide to both public and private discourse, "Crimes Against Logic": Analyzes the 12 major logical fallacies, with examples from the media and everyday life Takes no prisoners as it goes up against the scientific, religious, academic, and political establishments Helps you fine-tune your critical faculties and learn to skewer debaters on their own phony logic

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