Wednesday, December 12, 2012

A Book In Review: Crimes Against Logic



Song:  Walking In The Air (Guitar)

Performed By:  Stephen Kenyon


Crimes Against Logic - 

Exposing the Bogus Arguments of Politicians, Priests, Journalists...
and Other Serial Offenders

Author:  Jamie Whyte





This book is not only a very good read...
it illustrates in plain English...
and in a concise and simple manner...
various, and very common, fallacies of logic used to manipulate people.

It is 157 pages of Philosophical goodness.

The author DOES NOT devolve into the many bogus branches of Philosophy
that have arisen...the ones which make a complicated mess of what really should be
elegant simplicity.  He is very straight forward and lays out his arguments
in layman terms (is there really any other way something should be said?).

This author knows his subject matter...
and so, he can relay it in simple terms.

Quite unlike this author...

It is the person who speaks in complicated terms...
and in a convoluted and cryptic manner...
the one who constantly seeks complexity over simplicity...
whom is the one to avoid.

This great book is divided into 12 chapters of the
so commonly used methods of misdirection and manipulation.


Chapter 1:  The Right to Your Opinion

Chapter 2:  Motives

Chapter 3:  Authority

Chapter 4:  Prejudice in Fancy Dress

Chapter 5:  Shut Up!

Chapter 6:  Empty Words

Chapter 7:  Inconsistency

Chapter 8:  Equivocation

Chapter 9:  Begging the Question

Chapter 10:  Coincidence

Chapter 11:  Shocking Statistics

Chapter 12:  Morality Fever


I will not go into the specifics of each chapter as the chapters
themselves are of common fallacies, and so, are self explanatory.

If they are self explanatory...
then why buy the book?

Although most have heard of these common fallacies...
most have never had them explained to them in such easily digestible terms.

This is one of those books where I do not wish to rob the reader the great experience
of fully enjoying the pleasure of exploration.

To read this book in its entirety...
 to have the sub-chapters supporting the main chapter so well...
and presented as if you were having a very pleasant fireside chat with the author...
is such a breath of fresh air...
especially in the realm of Philosophy...
that you will come away, after having read this book...
feeling as if you were not only walking on air...
but, as if you had taken a journey with him on the voice of reason.

It may be had on Amazon for approximately $8.00.

This was written with such elegant simplicity
as to be great reading material for Junior High School Students...
and certainly for High School Students.

This book is on Alex's reading list (as determined by us).

This is what makes up what is, sadly, not so common...
that of common sense.

By reading this book...
a child may gain a foothold into the world of critical reasoning...
of not only the great importance of it...
but through direct implication...
he may infer the great danger of not thinking rationally.

A person who does not learn to think for himself...
is forever doomed to be led.

It is then a matter of circumstance that the leader is on the correct path or not...
instead of the person knowing whether or not the path is correct.


For those who think that Philosophy is not a necessary subject...
or one which is not undertaken until University...
think first of what Philosophy is.

Philosophy is an effective and efficient manner by which truth is discovered.

It is not a subject where you are taught what to think.
It is, rather, a subject where you are taught HOW to think.

It is the most necessary subject of all...
as it is a crystallization of life...
a way of wisdom...
and a way of gathering truth from all around you.

It is, in short, critical reasoning...
the pillar of good ole' country common sense...
and upon which rests...science...
and upon which truth is found.

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