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by Robert J. Gula

Download Nonsense: Red Herrings, Straw Men and Sacred Cows: How We Abuse Logic in Our Everyday Language eBook
ISBN:
0975366262
Author:
Robert J. Gula
Category:
Psychology
Language:
English
Publisher:
Axios Press; 34545th edition (March 14, 2007)
Pages:
245 pages
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1815 kb
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1653 kb
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1363 kb
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Rating:
4.5
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838


Nonsense is the best compilation and study of verbal logical fallacies . Perhaps I ask for more than the book offers to deliver.

It is a handbook of the myriad ways we go about being illogical―how we deceive others and ourselves. All in all, the book was very good. I was very pleased with the chapter on syllogisms (Formal Logic) at the end, and then the summary and recap of all the "fallacies" and their variants covered in the book. This was an excellent book, and a quick read. I would definitely recommend it to anyone who wants to enhance their critical-thinking skills.

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Robert John Gula (1941-1989) was educated at Colby College and Harvard University and taught a course on logic among many other subjects at the Groton School in Massachusetts. He authored or co-authored sixteen books in addition to Nonsense, including such other titles as Precision: A Handbook of English, Intermediate Latin, and Mythology: Greek and Roman.

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A book of remarkable scholarship, Nonsense is unexpectedly relaxed, informal . Robert J. Gula Esikatselu ei käytettävissä - 2002. Yleiset termit ja lausekkeet.

It's a slim little volume, fairly inexpensive and doesn't take up a lot of space.

book by Robert J. Gula. Clear, Concise, and Focused. Published by Thriftbooks. This caused me to pick up three non-textbook works on the subject last week.

About the Author: Robert Gula was educated at Colby College and Harvard University and taught a course on logic among many other subjects at the Groton School in Massachusetts. He authored or coauthored sixteen books in addition to NONSENSE.

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Nonsense is the best compilation and study of verbal logical fallacies available anywhere. It is a handbook of the myriad ways we go about being illogical―how we deceive others and ourselves, how we think and argue in ways that are disorderly, disorganized, or irrelevant. Nonsense is also a short course in nonmathematical logical thinking, especially important for students of philosophy and economics. A book of remarkable scholarship, Nonsense is unexpectedly relaxed, informal, and accessible.
  • Whitebinder
Words cannot describe how important books like this one are, given the lack of critical thinking skills demonstrated in civilized society, especially in politics. I've read it twice and plan to give it a third reading in the next year or so. I also plan to read many of the books listed in the bibliography, despite how dated they are. Do your brain a favor and read and reread this treasure!
  • Giamah
Bought this for the boyfriend. He loves pointing out logical fallacies. It gets annoying. Maybe I shouldn't have encouraged this behavior with a book that explains them all to him.
  • Broadraven
I liked the book a lot. It was very informative and thought provoking. I have used it to set myself straight during debates and to maintain clarity and direction with my often evasive opponents.

My only complaints about the book, 4/5 instead of 5/5, are as follows:
1) Some of his examples were shaky, almost rushed. It was if he needed something to demonstrate the fallacy or issue but didn't put as much time or energy into the development of said examples. This was not the case with all of his examples, but enough for me to feel a little disappointed.
2) He did not offer good solutions to combating apparent fallacy when it appeared. I kept wishing he would give good examples or explanations for dealing with or correcting deviations or fallacies, but he did not. Perhaps I ask for more than the book offers to deliver.

All in all, the book was very good. I was very pleased with the chapter on syllogisms (Formal Logic) at the end, and then the summary and recap of all the "fallacies" and their variants covered in the book. This was an excellent book, and a quick read. I would definitely recommend it to anyone who wants to enhance their critical-thinking skills.
  • Rleillin
This is a text book written at the modern college level. It can be dry, But let's be blunt - when is retraining yourself to think logically and with clarity a bowl of cherries? This is the fastest way, of which I know, to help others greatly strengthen their ability to read, think, and write logically and critically. Buy it for your kids and go through it with them. Their SAT, GMAT, LSAT and MCAT scores will thank you.
  • Funky
It keeps things in layman's terms and clearly defines more complicated terms. I'd guess that anyone already well versed in philosophy and logic wouldn't get much from this book. However, I think it is a good starting place or possibly a jumping off point for someone who took a philosophy 101 class who wants to go a bit deeper. I plan to read it again in a few months to a year for a refresher. If you have ever thought something didn't make sense but couldn't quite figure out why, this book is very helpful. It will also help you start to see fallacies in people's (and your own!) arguments. Very good read.
  • thrust
An outstanding introduction to critical thinking and analysis of the art of argument. I read it every few years as a booster vaccine to protect me from the sloppy arguments from the news media, the advertisers, and of course the politicians.
  • Legionstatic
High schools don't teach this stuff any longer. I bought this book for my two teen sons so they could be armed against those who use red herrings and straw man arguments. They balked a bit at first, but after reading it, they found they had less emotional frustration with some people in their lives.

This is as at least worth while read as any Dale Carngie book... To successfully negotiate one must be able to remove personal emotion from their own perspective. This book certainly helps to understand why and does so in plain language.
I think this is a pretty good book. Basically, it will keep you from being distracted by false arguments and nonsense during debates
with 1) fools or 2) people who know their position is untenable and try to manipulate the argument away from its origin into something
"else." A handy tool to use against internet trolls, message board spammers and other anonymous pests.