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

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

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By (author) Jamie Whyte

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  • Publisher: MCGRAW-HILL Professional
  • Format: Paperback | 176 pages
  • Dimensions: 124mm x 175mm x 13mm | 181g
  • Publication date: 26 October 2004
  • Publication City/Country: New York, NY
  • ISBN 10: 0071446435
  • ISBN 13: 9780071446433
  • Sales rank: 46,454

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This is 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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Author information

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.

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"[Whyte] whets a long knife of ultra-rationalism on the cold stone of logic, and death by a thousand cuts is inflicted on prejudice, statistics, morality, religion, weasel words, and seductive sirens such as politicians, New Agers, advertising executives, and, of course, journalists who expect you to be persuaded by anything other than facts." The Times 20031129 "He ruthlessly exposes logical flaws and sheer nonsense... in likably angry and witty style." The Guardian 20031101

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