The Amazing Dr. Ransom's Bestiary of Adorable Fallacies
The Amazing Dr. Ransom's Bestiary of Adorable Fallacies - A Field Guide for Clear Thinkers
Doug Wilson and son N.D. have given teens an entertaining, educative, and wonderful introduction to formal logic with The Amazing Dr. Ransom's Bestiary of Adorable Fallacies. Each fallacy is depicted as a mythical beast, followed by anecdotes to show how each beast behaves so your teen can be sure to spot him in the wild. The absurdity of some of the situations, and the tongue-in-cheek, mildly-rude tone will ensure that The Amazing Dr. Ransom's Bestiary of Adorable Fallacies is a teen favorite. From the familiar fallacies of ad hominem, circular reasoning, straw man to the unfamiliar ad misericordiam, ad baculum, and denying the antecedent, this comprehensive book complete with illustrations as a memory aid makes learning about informal fallacies riveting.
The beasts, however, can be a bit unnerving, as one spews toxic vapor from its armpits and another hoists its tail feathers to reveal his mirrored backside. Indelicacies aside, The Amazing Dr. Ransom's Bestiary of Adorable Fallacies’ stories and descriptions gives teens a thorough grasp of 50 informal fallacies, each followed up with a few short discussion questions and exercises. Plus both one- and two-semester schedules are included in the back of the book. Make sure your teen can identify and exterminate the frothiest, most attractive, and deadliest fallacies with The Amazing Dr. Ransom's Bestiary of Adorable Fallacies.
Illustrator: Forrest Dickison
Number of Pages: 320
Publisher: Canon Press
Date of Publication: July 21, 2015
Dimensions: 7" x 9"
Typical High School Credits Earned: 1/4 credit critical thinking
review by Homeschool Happenings
”While studying informal fallacies your student will be entertained by engaging stories and cute, but often deviant, creatures that exemplify each fallacy.”Read the Review
review by Big Family Blessings
”The book is written for high school through adults, and can be used either as an introductory logic curriculum, or as a supplement to another logic curriculum.”Read the Review
review by Flanders Family Homelife
”They try to outdo one another in spotting and correctly identifying “real life” examples of fallacious thinking in advertising and the media, as well as in personal interactions with siblings and friends.”Read the Review
review by To Sow a Seed
”This is one of those books that ought to find a home on the shelf of every homeschooler if only as a reference, something to be pulled down and flipped through whenever an obvious bit of obnoxious illogical thinking finds its way into your ears.”Read the Review
Interesting take on logic
We are going through this as a family and haven't gotten very far yet but I am already in love with it! It has adorable illustrations and funny little stories that make logic fun and engaging! This is a keeper in our book collection! I have already recommended it to family and friends.
I was intrigued by the title and the catalog/website description. I haven't read it through completely but I really enjoyed what I did read. The writing is engaging and the sketches of each of the cute "beasts" made it fun. There are discussion questions and exercises at the end of each fallacy. Each fallacy is a chapter and the chapters are kept short. I had intended to use it for 9th grade but we had some life changes and stopped homeschooling which is too bad because I really like this book.