02 PM | 17 Apr

An Illustrated #Book of #Bad #Arguments [#geekgirl]


A flawless compendium of flaws. Alice Roberts, PhD, anatomist, writer, and presenter of “The Incredible Human Journey”.

The antidote to fuzzy thinking, with furry animals! Have you read (or stumbled into) one too many irrational online debates? Ali Almossawi certainly had, so he wrote “An Illustrated Book of Bad Arguments”! This handy guide is here to bring the internet age a much-needed dose of old-school logic (really old-school, “a la” Aristotle).Here are cogent explanations of the “straw man” fallacy, the “slippery slope” argument, the “ad hominem” attack, and other common attempts at reasoning that actually fall short plus a beautifully drawn menagerie of animals who (adorably) commit every logical “faux pas.” Rabbit thinks a strange light in the sky “must” be a UFO because no one can prove otherwise (“the appeal to ignorance”). And Lion doesn t believe that gas emissions harm the planet because, if that “were” true, he wouldn’t like the result (the “argument from consequences”). Once you learn to recognize these abuses of reason, they start to crop up everywhere from congressional debate to YouTube comments which makes this geek-chic book a “must” for anyone in the habit of holding opinions.”

Also available as an audio book. <3 it! 2nd ed. pre-order now!

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06 PM | 27 Sep

Alternative music linked to violent extremism, with a great photo of Kurt Cobain [#geekgirl]

Alternative rock band, Nirvana. Photo: Anton Corbijn

SMH article wasn’t as good as the review by MusicFeeds but I did prefer the SMH’s pic of Nirvana!~

From MF: New “Radicalisation Awareness Kits” provided to schools by the Federal Government suggest a link between the “alternative music scene” and violent extremism, as well as ideological violence.

The Government’s 32-page ‘Preventing Violent Extremism And Radicalisation In Australia’ booklet was launched last week of Sept, 2015 , featuring a section on violent extremism, which suggests that teenagers who listen to “alternative music” show signs of potentially becoming violent extremists.