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An Illustrated Book of Bad Arguments


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Ali Almossawi holds a Masters in Engineering Systems from MIT and a Masters in Software Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University. He currently lives with his wife and daughter in San Francisco, where he works as a data visualization designer for Mozilla, while continuing to collaborate with his colleagues at the MIT Media Lab. Ali's work has appeared in publications such as Wired. Alejandro Giraldo holds a degree in Graphic Design from UPB Medellin and a masters in Art Direction from ELISAVA (the Barcelona School of Design and Engineering). He runs the clothing company Velmost and works as a freelance illustrator. He lives in Medellin, Colombia.


"Wonderfully digestible . . . I can't think of a better way to be taught or reintroduced to these fundamental notions of logical discourse. A delightful little book."
--Aaron Koblin, creative director, Google's Data Arts team "I love this illustrated book of bad arguments. A flawless compendium of flaws."
--Alice Roberts, PhD, anatomist, writer, and presenter of The Incredible Human Journey "A whimsical, straightforward primer . . . a guide to how to strengthen--and how not to weaken--your arguments."
--Shelf Awareness, starred review "A very good book every scientist should have. Every scholar, really."
--Hope Jahren, author of Lab Girl "This little book takes a potentially ponderous subject (logical fallacies) and makes it wonderfully entertaining."
--Omaha World-Herald "Bad arguments, great illustrations . . . gorgeous."
--Cory Doctorow, BoingBoing.net "[A] handsome newcomer's guide to the world of logic . . . Almossawi and his McSweeney's-ready artist Giraldo accessibly tackle such classic subjects as circular reasoning, false dilemma, straw man, appeal to ignorance, and genetic fallacy . . . an attractive, substantive read."
--John Wenzel, Denver Post blog "Seriously, An Illustrated Book of Bad Arguments should be on every school curriculum. Twitter will be a more civil place."
--Kevin Tang, BuzzFeed.com "A great primer for anyone looking to understand logical fallacies . . . Pass it along to the arguers--good and bad--in your life."
--Lauren Davis, io9.com "Now more than ever, you need this illustrated guide to bad arguments, faulty logic, and silly rhetoric."
--Dan Solomon, Fast Company magazine online "Share [this book] with your friends. Encourage your family members to flip through it. Casually leave copies in public places."
--Jenny Bristol, GeekDad.com "[A] wonderful primer on the logical fallacies that have been screwing up our thinking . . . since shortly after the invention of dirt."
--Ron Kretsch, DangerousMinds.net

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