Crimes Against Logic: Exposing the Bogus Arguments of Politicians, Priests, Journalists, and Other Serial Offenders

Uncover the truth under all the BSIn 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 tUncover the truth under all the BSIn 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
Crimes Against Logic Exposing the Bogus Arguments of Politicians Priests Journalists and Other Serial Offenders Uncover the truth under all the BSIn 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 r

  • Title: Crimes Against Logic: Exposing the Bogus Arguments of Politicians, Priests, Journalists, and Other Serial Offenders
  • Author: Jamie Whyte
  • ISBN: 9780071446433
  • Page: 302
  • Format: Paperback
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    1. The author's tone is condescending and pedantic. He often constructs straw men or belabors a deconstruction of the weakest argument ever put forth by a particular position. Here is an example which may allow you to decide if the book is for you. In the chapter "Begging the Question," we are presented with a character, Jack, who is a libertarian, who believes the individual right to property is paramount, and looks for an absolutely minimal government. We also meet Jill, his counterpart who argue [...]

    2. Another book meant to destroy, or at least floodlight, prevalently tolerated human behavior. Whyte immediately strikes at the throat of one of our most commonly shared beliefs, that we have a right to our own opinion. If you believe that you do have this right, Whyte will certainly make a very strong argument for why you may want to consider that one mo’ time again. He will also demonstrate very clearly that even if you have the right to your opinion, your claim of it is absolutely irrelevant. [...]

    3. I wanted to like this book. I tried to like this book. The premise was, I though, a good one: to use the principles of logic to dissect popular arguments of the day, and to recognize fallacies for what they are. Unfortunately, the author does a great disservice to the noble enterprise by falling victim to those same fallacies in the attempt to poke holes in arguments. Straw men and ad hominem attacks abound, and more often then not the book provides an excellent example of what not to do.

    4. I was fascinated with the title of the book, and when I started my reading, I liked the language too, but But there is a problem with book: yes, indeed, logical errors occur a lot and sometimes they are used to control us or to form wrong opinion, but one can least expect them to appear in book that despise them so much!First of all, the author finishes his book with curious opinion, that the reality is not the one people think they believe to be, but there is some kind of "absolute truth" in th [...]

    5. "Cynicism, like gullibility, is a symptom of underdeveloped critical faculties." - p. xiSo begins an excellent introduction to logic and contemporary rhetoric. CAL is a snappy tour through the most common forms of illogical reasoning used by everyone from your family to politicians and the media.For those of us who've already read a bit on logic, CAL brings a nice opportunity to put names to the fallacies we've already noticed, and to test our mettle against Whyte's many examples. Kudos are dese [...]

    6. I loved this book. It made me chuckle and smile. I haven't had so much fun reading a book in years. That being said, I'm a lover of logic and not everyone is. The insights into how we are misled and mislead ourselves are pretty remarkable. One of my favorite quotes -- not in this book -- but totally appropriate given the subject matter of Prof. Whyte's little book of gems -- is a quote from Mark Twain: "There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics."

    7. Crimes against logic was on a recommended reading list for my philosophy class few years back when I studied Arts. At the time, I didn't take this book seriously and neglected it on my book shelf. I'm glad that I've finally read it because I appreciated every bit of it. My favourite chapters were empty words, shocking statistics and morality fever. This book is a great guide to identify bogus statements and arguments that are irrational and weak. At times we can be blinded by the expert opinions [...]

    8. I was assigned to read a few chapters in this book for my Critical Thinking class. Slightly disappointed that my professor did not require us to read all of it, I decided to finish it myself. Whyte uses wit and humor to explain the faults in the logic we attempt to use in order to defend our own logic. I found it interesting, enjoyable, and an eyeopener to the fallacies that we are all guilty of using. Although many of the examples that Whyte uses can be offensive if you do not agree with his ow [...]

    9. While I'm a nerd-fan of logic in general, I found his glib tone off-putting. 'I'm so smartI love to point out your logical errors in relation to Religion, therefore, all Religion is wrong.'Also, I'm not saying that Christians and Religious people in general don't say some of the most ridiculous things, I am saying that just because something can't be 'proved' logically (faith, the Trinity) doesn't mean it doesn't exist. He mostly hammers home his view that since he can't logically wrap his head [...]

    10. Really enjoyed this - I had some definite gaps, e.g. didn't know what "begging the question" meant, and this filled some of the gaps in a very entertaining way.The author rants a little too hard against Christianity specifically - it's an easy target, but he could have chosen more varied targets, as it comes off a bit like a vendetta.Overall though, much recommended.

    11. I really enjoyed this book. I particularly liked the condescending tone, which was hilarious at times. There is much information offered by media that people just take for granted without any effort analyzing why it might be biased or unreliable. This book explains many of the logical fallacies that can help you avoid falling for any argument lacking in logic.

    12. a clever, short read. perfect for a 5-hour flight. although he's abrasive in his attacks, he has a strong argument against certain arguments. ironic.

    13. I can't remember how I came across a review for this book as I've had it for awhile now. Unfortunately, whatever expectation I had for it was too high.I enjoyed the author's "jaunty" and "semi-serious" writing style. That makes this type of material a little more enjoyable. Which is why I could give it 2 stars.I was underwhelmed for sure. The author takes on multiple topics that he is "exposing." Despite agreeing with him on several topics I felt his arguments should be "meatier" than they were. [...]

    14. An award winning philosopher, Jamie Whyte is a past lecturer of philosophy at Cambridge university, whose book - Crimes Against Logic attempts to fill the gap left by the education system. By identifying common errors of reasoning, Crimes Against Logic is a witty assault on bogus arguments that we are subjected to in our everyday lives. It is a thought-provoking book that is bound to keep you entertained for a few hours. Not meant to be a text book, it is a small book of 176 pages that is bound [...]

    15. This book by UK philosophers Jamie Whyte cuts through faulty reasoning and bullshit like a hot knife through butter. This should be required reading for high school and college.Bonus points are in order, for being especially relevant today when facts and logic are thrown to the wayside.

    16. This book is an introduction to critical thinking, it point out some of the faulty reasoning(Logical Fallacies) in when people are making an argument. Some chapters(sub section) can give not say great examples. If you have that one idiotic friend who you like to get into arguments but pulls out the ad hominen and the straw man fallacy, then this book would be fine.

    17. I read this a good few years ago, and have recently re-read it prior to adding it to a clean-out pile as my library is beginning to approach critical mass. While there is a lot of sharp wit in the book, some brash vocabulary and a lot I agree with, I find myself less impressed on second reading. Perhaps it comes of knowing more of rhetoric, and perhaps it comes of years of arguing on the internet, but my experience is that logical argument doesn't have much power to sway people, so violations of [...]

    18. Whyte has a wonderful grasp of logic and argument, as one would hope. This in an engaging little book, which I would widely recommend, although with some reservations.His chief strength is explaining logical fallacies and providing everyday examples, showing that they are far more common than one might think (and generally not recognized). It is nice to have a champion of things making sense. Many people and organizations, from lawyers to churches, politicians, and more, have a vested interest i [...]

    19. This is generally a good book, and a quick read. I won't say it's easy because you have to pay attention and can't just skim through it. But it's definitely not a difficult read.The book was informative and definitely helped open my eyes to some things that happen every day but that I largely failed to notice. For example, in his chapter on Authority, he covers the fact that crime victims are frequently asked for their opinions regarding dealing with the crimes, despite the fact that they are no [...]

    20. Puedo resumirlo en una frase: El contenido de este libro debiera ser de enseñanza obligada en la escuela.Pero no me quedaré allí:* Este libro creó y llevó muy alto la opinión (mala y prejuiciada) que alguna vez tuve sobre los filósofos.* Este libro cambió para bien la forma en que discuto y enfrento discusiones.* Este libro me puso a pensar en todos los argumentos pésimos que nos desayunamos, comemos o cenamos TODOS los que estamos expuestos a la política, la religión, los vendedores [...]

    21. The premises presented in this book are enough for anyone to lose sight or interest quickly if they are not familiar with logical thinking or even structure in arguments. The author presents some quality arguments for the most part but tends to get bogged down by his own reasoning that would soon lose anyone of interest. At one point in his book he mentions the fact that there is no need to lose your audience in convoluted language and the use of jardon just to sound smart but his keeps this err [...]

    22. This is another pretty good book on logical fallacies. The author does use a lot of dated, cultural, and geographical references to make his point, but the points are valid irrespective of the contexts and they are well presented.Add in smidgeons of humor woven throughoutrcasm as well as just plain fund this is an enjoyable and informative, but not preachy, work for someone unfamiliar with the mechanics of critical thinking, or who just wants yet another perspective.The fallacies discussed in th [...]

    23. This is a short book devoted to pointing out the flaws in several major logical fallacies that tend to crop up in public debates and private arguments. It's a good introduction to the importance of thinking critically and skeptically, and it covers some fallacies that I had never really thought of as proper fallacies before. My one beef with this book was that the author, Whyte, seems like a really unpleasant, pedantic, snarky, quibbling, un-fun type of person, and his "persona" throughout the b [...]

    24. What a lousy book. It tries to apply cold hard logic to the real world, which doesn't actually work, at least not in this simplistic fashion.It tries, as an example, to say that the decision to invade Iraq isn't dependent on the intentions of the Bush administration. He's trying to make the point that logic is separate from intension, which is true. Someone's argument isn't wrong just because their intentions are bad. But, when you enter the real world, things are more complicated. The wisdom of [...]

    25. I thought this book was funny. I think its bad reviews are based upon people expecting too much from it. This isn't the Cambridge Edition of Logical Fallacies, it isn't arguing a specific system of formal logic, it's a simple pop-philosophy book that seeks to poke fun at the lack of logic in everyday arguments. It is unique in that it uses logic to expose fallacious arguments commonly found in news programs, political debates etc, which any logician would just ignore. A few such arguments; again [...]

    26. Brilliant. I wish this book to be translated exquisitely and become a required textbook for middle/high schools in Korea. I wondered why this book is getting somewhat disappointing ratings and read some bad reviews. And I find a lot of them simply criticize the 'tone' or attitude of Jamie Whyte, rather than pointing out errors in the contents or the author being wrong on certain topics. Some even blame him being offensive to religion. Well, I am not insisting that the tone is a meaningless facto [...]

    27. I love this book. I am interested in learning how to better identify logical flaws in an otherwise passionate argument. I wouldn't recommend the book if you are devoutly religious; you may find some of the logical arguments around religious claims very difficult to swallow. If you want to learn to present a solid argument better, or to take apart someone else's, this is a fantastic book. The only thing I take issue with is his definition of the word "opinion." To me, an opinion cannot be right o [...]

    28. The most enlightening and empowering course of my entire college career was Dr. Bertonasco's class in logic and rhetoric. So I picked up this book in hopes of refreshing that very fine learning experience. Soon after, I put the book down again because it seemed too lightweight. I sought out a heavier book, found it abhorrent, and returned tentatively to this one. Well, it ain't Dr. Bertonasco, but it ain't bad. Take notes on its basic ideas, contest them if you wish, and seek out more cogent exa [...]

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