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Logically Fallacious

The Ultimate Collection of Over 300 Logical Fallacies (Academic Edition)
Narrated by: Bo Bennett
Length: 11 hrs and 10 mins
Categories: Non-fiction, Philosophy
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This book is a crash course in effective reasoning, meant to catapult you into a world where you start to see things how they really are, not how you think they are. The focus of this book is on logical fallacies, which loosely defined, are simply errors in reasoning. With the reading of each page, you can make significant improvements in the way you reason and make decisions.

Logically Fallacious is one of the most comprehensive collections of logical fallacies with all original examples and easy to understand descriptions, perfect for educators, debaters, or anyone who wants to be improve his or her reasoning skills.

"Expose an irrational belief, keep a person rational for a day. Expose irrational thinking, keep a person rational for a lifetime." (Bo Bennett)

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Excellent

Great book to listen to, In fact I listen to this book more than once. This book is a mammoth resource on the subject of logical fallacies and it is set out in a way clear way for easy understanding.

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Please name the chapters in the audio book!!!

Currently the chapters are numbered, which makes it difficult to refer back to a specific fallacy.

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Thinly veiled neo Marxist book of logic

Starts with an attack on President Trump and a pro-life argument, this tells you everything you need to know about the book. It also doesn't get much better from there, I'm not even against pro-choice but politicising logic doesn't appeal to me, unless you look to support your leftist agenda, save your time on this one

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  • James
  • 27-01-15

Logic in bite-sized pieces

This collection of fallacies was educational and entertaining -often a rarity in books on the subject. It gave a clear voice performance, a hearty sampling of every day fallacies & true-believer fallacies, and even named some fallacies that are common enough that they deserve names even though they may receive less attention elsewhere. I may try other fallacy collections, but would not be surprised to find this the finest collection of mass distributed, affordable audiotomes. My only complaint is that he didn't go after Islam with even a third, even a fifth, of the contention that he mustered against Christianity for it's adherents common fallacies.

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  • Jdamazon
  • 03-03-18

Got it for free, it was OK

Worth checking out but format won't appear to all. Gets a bit draining after a while.

Several pronunciation issues, the most annoying and prevalent of which was "sidduations" instead of situations. A few others like "taroT" cards. The t is usually not pronounced.

Lists at end make no sense being read off. He is pretty hard on Christians but seems to be one. I agree with other reviewers that the sales pitches throughout could be dropped.

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  • Jason
  • 20-04-19

Great listen, real world examples.

I almost passed on this book based on the other reviews. I'm glad I didn't. I may even get the written version to use as a reference guide.

Does the author have a bias against Christianity like the other reviewers claim? The only bias I noticed was against people who use logical fallacies to argue for their beliefs. He may be biased against people who claim the earth is 6000 years old and Noah put two of every kind of animal on a wooden boat, but let's be honest, those people probably don't care about logical fallacies. I actually listened to the book a second time just to evaluate the anti-Christian and pro-Christian examples. They are pretty well-balanced. Most of the religious examples are unoffensively neutral and ambiguous without mentioning a specific religion or god. However, I could see how someone might think that anytime the word "god" is used, it is referring to "their god".

Does the author use religion too frequently in his examples? Perhaps. Probably. Yes. No. It all depends on why you are listening to the book and how you have come to hold your beliefs. If you use fallacious reasoning to justify the beliefs you hold, and this book points that out, then no...this may be just what you needed to start down the path of thinking critically. Or, you may dig in and stop reading after chapter 9, like another reviewer. If you just want to hone your debate skills and care nothing of religion, then it's probably a bit heavy on the religion. The examples I liked the best were those that the author used the same argument, but reversed the affirmative and negative positions to show how the fallacy could apply to both.

Is there unprofessional or bad language? Meh.. Less than what you will find in a PG movie. I liked that the author's personality was present, he was quite funny at times. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.

Does the author annoyingly mispronounce the word "situation" as "sidjuation"? Yes, but it didn't overpower the substance of the book, and I've had to return books, because I couldn't get past the mispronunciation of a word or words.

Overall, I recommend this book as a good tool for categorizing and understanding logical fallacies. His adaptation of formal logical equations for use in informal arguments was very helpful. The narration was clear and well-spoken.

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  • M. J. Harper
  • 04-08-18

Very unprofessional

Just made it to chapter 9, and I can't listen to him anymore. He has an incredibly unprofessional attitude in his tone, making it difficult to take him seriously...who would expect the slang "bi-atch" to be said in a book like this? Furthermore, his obvious disgust toward God certainly shines through in his narration, and takes any opportunity to express it to the listener (I've never heard a single Christian in my life say something like "Tony's a Godless S.o.B" - it just goes against the way we speak, and the way we treat people; very disingenuous).

Because of the title, if he presented only the facts of what the fallacies are, and kept his personal beliefs out of it, it'd be worth a listen. But, since we weren't warned that this was a Humanist take on fallacies while venting his angst toward God while narrating (it would be a long title, but at least it'd be honest), there's no way I could recommend this audiobook. :/ The only solace I have is that I got it with a credit point.

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  • steppnav
  • 08-08-17

Too much Christian bashing

We Christians are like fish in a barrel. Try being a bit braver and sprinkle some Muslim and atheist irrationalities in there a bit.

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  • Ryan T Young
  • 15-08-16

Pretty good!

This is one of those books that I'm tempted to grab a hard cover copy of because I think the way that it's visually laid out might help me process it better. It reads very much like an encyclopedia. It has great points to make and helps you see the world and conversations around you in a different light almost right away. He throws in some wonderful humor too!

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  • J. D. Gunter
  • 24-08-15

Does Bo Bennett only know of Christians who are illogical?

The study of logical fallacies is always helpful.
I like Bo Bennett's humor yet I sense a chip on his shoulder. There is still a lot he can come to understand about religion and morality and the spiritual realm but it feels he has no desire to do so. As someone who is just starting my pursuit of logic and philosophy, this was a fun, easy read but the tone of it felt bitter in that Mr. Bennett has angst against many people who believe in God, Messiahs and leprechauns, as he seems to put them all in the same pot.
I myself, have more against Christians who use fallacious reasoning than I have against Christianity itself.
The book was helpful to me. But I'd love to hear Bo Bennett say that many spiritual/religious people are capable of being logical and reasonable. I seemed to wonder if Mr. Bennett thought that was possible.

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  • tyler
  • 24-01-19

Arrogant and pompous to a non secular audience

I am not a young earth creationist but the derision about religion and constant swearing were not what I would expect from a professional

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  • Faith T.
  • 22-09-15

A heading is required.

Loved it. Only thing wrong with it is that it moves so fast. Quota fulfilled.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 20-11-18

better as paper I'm sure

as a reference I'm sure this is excellent, but the short sections of a few minutes each means that there really isn't enough time to absorb any information. I suppose it could be a good way to increase your vocabulary of fallacies and quickly get an idea of what to look for, but if you want a serious study of logic, persuasion, debate or conversation then this is not it.