The Fallacy Detective

The Fallacy Detective

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The Bluedorn brothers, Nathaniel and Hans, put their heads together and came up with this excellent introduction to practical logic from their conservative Christian homeschoolers' perspective.

Subtitled Thirty-Eight Lessons on How to Recognize Bad ReasoningThe Fallacy Detective uses humor, historical references, and real life situations to help teens learn to think and express themselves clearly.

The Bluedorn family, longtime promoters of Christian classical education, encountered content problems in most critical thinking and logic resources. So the Bluedorn brothers, Nathaniel and Hans, put their heads together and came up with this excellent introduction to practical logic from their conservative Christian homeschoolers’ perspective.

Subtitled Thirty-Eight Lessons on How to Recognize Bad Reasoning, The Fallacy Detective uses humor, historical references, and real life situations to help teens learn to think and express themselves clearly. Comic strips from Calvin and Hobbes, Dilbert, Peanuts, and Nuna and Toodles (the Bluedorn brothers’ own creation) are a nice touch that was added to the second edition. Cartoon and comic illustrations, humorous examples, and a very reader-friendly writing style make this the sort of course students will enjoy.

Thirty eight lessons are each followed by questions that can be used for discussion or written assignments, but I would really recommend gathering at least two students to have fun working through the lessons together.

Instructions for a "Fallacy Detective Game" in which players make up their own fallacies are also at the back of the book. You will need two or more to play.

The book is definitely written for a Christian audience with occasional biblical quotations. Revisions have actually broadened the audience by omitting a few of the references that made it seem like a distinctly homeschool book.

You might also be interested in following The Fallacy Detective with The Thinking Toolbox, another excellent book by the same authors.

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The Fallacy Detective: Thirty-Eight Lessons on How to Recognize Bad Reasoning

The Fallacy Detective: Thirty-Eight Lessons on How to Recognize Bad Reasoning
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Instant Key

  • Suitable For: all settings
  • Audience: grades 7-12
  • Need For Parent/Teacher Instruction: low to moderate
  • Prep Time Needed: minimal
  • Religious Perspective: Christian

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