An Illustrated Book of Bad Arguments by Ali Almossawi and Alejandro Giraldo by Ali Almossawi and Alejandro Giraldo - Read Online



“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.

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I love this illustrated book of bad arguments. A flawless compendium of flaws.

—Alice Roberts, PhD, anatomist, writer, and presenter of The Incredible Human Journey

Bad arguments, great illustrations . . . gorgeous.

—Cory Doctorow,

"Seriously, An Illustrated Book of Bad Arguments should be on every school curriculum. Twitter will be a more civil place."

—Kevin Tang,

A great primer for anyone looking to understand logical fallacies . . . Pass it along to the arguers—good and bad—in your life.

—Lauren Davis,

Now more than ever, you need this illustrated guide to bad arguments, faulty logic, and silly rhetoric.

—Dan Solomon, Fast Company magazine online

Share [this book] with your friends. Encourage your family members to flip through it. Casually leave copies in public places.

—Jenny Williams,

[A] wonderful primer on the logical fallacies that have been screwing up our thinking . . . since shortly after the invention of dirt.

—Ron Kretsch,



Alejandro Giraldo


An Illustrated Book of Bad Arguments (second edition)

2013 Ali Almossawi

All material new to this edition copyright © 2014 Ali Almossawi

This is a revised and updated second edition of An Illustrated Book of Bad Arguments (originally published by the author in 2013 at, under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported license).

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Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data:

Almossawi, Ali, author.

An illustrated book of bad arguments / Ali Almossawi ; illustrations by Alejandro