The Duck That Won the Lottery: 100 New Experiments for the Armchair Philosopher

Penguin, 2009 M04 28 - 336 páginas
From the author of the "hugely entertaining"(Publishers Weekly) The Pig That Wants to Be Eaten, lessons in debunking the faulty arguments we hear every day

This latest book from the pop philosophy author of The Pig That Wants to Be Eaten tackles an endlessly fascinating area of popular debate-the faulty argument. Julian Baggini provides a rapid-fire selection of short, stimulating, and entertaining quotes from a wide range of famous people in politics, the media, and entertainment, including Donald Rumsfeld, Emma Thompson, Tony Blair, Bill Clinton, and Chris Martin. Each entry takes as its starting point an example of highly questionable-though oddly persuasive-reasoning from a broad variety of subjects. As Baggini teases out the logic in the illogical, armchair philosophers and aficionados of the absurd will find themselves nodding their heads as they laugh out loud. The Duck That Won the Lottery is perfect fodder for any cocktail party and pure pleasure for anyone who loves a good brain twister.

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Crítica de los usuarios  - Beholderess - LibraryThing

Most of these were already familiar to me, which diminished the enjoyment somewhat. However, the examples are well-chosen and illustrative Leer comentario completo

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Crítica de los usuarios  - vguy - LibraryThing

Great fun; how we all fall into error thro sloppy thinking, and how the media and urban legendists build on that. Somewhat similar slant to Goldacre's Bad Science, but less sustained and angry. Uses ... Leer comentario completo


Title Page Copyright Page Preface
Just Dont Believe It Arguments from incredulity
Quantum Leaping Sheep Spurious science
CheeseEating Surrender Monkeys Selective quotation
Que Será Será If I dont somebody else will
Speak for YourselfThe existentialist fallacy
The Amazing Psychic Poet Confirmation bias
Because I Say SoTruth by stipulation
They Would Say That Immunization against error
That Way Lies DisasterSlippery slopes
Not So Sound Bites Vacuous pseudowisdom
Meet Mr Loophole Legality and morality
SingleParent Slurs Failing to disaggregate
Safe In No Uncertain Terms The precautionary principle
The Weapons They Couldnt Find Absence and evidence
Chance Wouldnt Be a Fine Thing The no coincidence presumption

Dont Misunderestimate Me Lack of charity
Tap Water Is for Plants Getting it out of proportion
Sexy Like Me Automorphism
Eat Up Your GMs Non sequiturs
Feels Mighty Real Percipiest esse
Trial by Wardrobe Subtle undermining
The Wonder of Colorpuncture Loading the dice
Who Knows? Arguments from uncertainty
My Lucks Got to Change The gamblers fallacy
If You Wont Kill It Dont Eat It Wont and shouldnt
Fast Food Made Me Obese Shifting agency
If It Aint Clear It Aint Real Real and fuzzy distinctions
Radiohead Changed My Life It worked for
Mood Music The power of suggestion
Careful with Your Johnson Insensitivity to context
The End Is Nigh Perhaps Concealed caveats
Good for the Goose Good for the GanderTu quoque
One Two Three Four We Dont Want Your Fascist War Fallacies
The Duck That Won the Lottery Post hoc fallacies
Does 6 Million Mean Nothing to You? Guilt by association
Milk Is for Cows Genetic fallacies
Murdered Yes Murderer No High redefinition
Dear Wise Reader Flattery
What Would Brian Boitano Say? Arguments from authority
Reading Between the Lines It sends the wrong message
Moderates Need Not Apply Distorting to balance
If Only Id Known Post facto rationalizations
Coffee Enema Conquers Cancer Begging the question
Its OKI UnderstandExplanation is not justification
The Only Way Is Down The regressive fallacy
You Should Do the Impossible Ought without
Lumping It All Together False singulars
Love George Hate Terrorists False dichotomies
Knowledge in Retrospect Prediction is not foresight
The Lady Doth Protest Too Much Motivation speculation
Fighting Crime with Concerts Correlation is not causation
What Right Have You Got? Playing the rights card
It Didnt Work Then So Faulty induction
God Is an Alien Logically consistent nonsense
That Old Chestnut Argumentum ad fatigum
Its Your Patriotic Duty Playing the loyalty card
Crack Is My Right Its a free country
Printed on 100 Percent FatFree Paper Dubious advantages
Anyone Would Have Done the Same I was just doing my job
Someone Must PayZero sums that dont add
Lies Damned Lies and Statistics The abuse and misuse of numbers
Who Says Smoking Kills? You cant prove
Counselors Stole My Friends Cui bono?
No One Made You Do It Choice makes everything all right
If It Werent for You Theyd Still Be Alive Cause is not responsibility
Prove YourselfFalse authorities
Kris Kristofferson Is a Lizard Im entitled to my opinion
God Dont Ride No Reindeer Missing the point
Sparring with Scarecrows The straw man fallacy
Nothing but the Truth Half truths
What Sherlock Didnt Know How else do you explain
Al Qaeda Doesnt Exist Category mistakes
Ozone Warming Holes in the Carbon Layer Blurring the boundaries
Everyone Is Bisexual Low redefinition
Would You Nuke the Enemy? No hypotheticals
Why Are We So Stupid? Fallacy of the complex question
Theres Nothing Lucky About Luck Fallacy of equivocation
Its Only Natural The isought
The Awful Truth Its terrible so it cant be true
Balancing Fudge We have to strike a balance
Ive Brought You Peace and Prosperity Taking the Credit
A Sharp Tongue Does Not Mean a Keen Mind Ad hominems
Tooled Up Obviously Appeals to common sense
Hamburger Heroin False analogies
Fear of Black Pepper Scaremongering
There Is No Dark Side of the Moon The power of bold assertion
If Its Not All Bad It Must Be All Good Partial defense support
If Its Old Its Good Fallacy of ancient wisdom
The Voyeurs Charter The innocent have nothing to fear
How Can I Ever Believe You Again? Arguments from fallibility
Thats Not What I Said Excessive literalness
The Impossible Flying Machine No rational explanation so not true
Be Thankful for Bad Employers Its better than nothing
No Business for Cardinals Its not for you to say

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Julian Baggini is the editor of The Philosopher’s Magazine.

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