The Amazing Dr. Ransom's Bestiary of Adorable Fallacies

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Typically counted as 1/4 credit for high school students.

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.
Authors: Douglas Wilson & N.D. Wilson
Illustrator: Forrest Dickison
Number of Pages: 320
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Canon Press
Date of Publication: July 21, 2015
ISBN: 9781591281870
Dimensions: 7" x 9"
Typical High School Credits Earned: 1/4 credit critical thinking
Reproducible: No
Faith-Based: Yes

Customer Reviews

Based on 3 reviews

Interesting take on logic

Very cute approach to 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.