The Fallacy Detective
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Easy to Use, Engaging to Boot
The Fallacy Detective is self-teaching, meaning no other resources are needed, but it is intended for children and parents to use together. It deals primarily with misleading notions. This is the most practical segment in the study of logic. Abundantly easy to use, and engaging to boot, we read The Fallacy Detective aloud as a family and enjoyed some friendly competition as we raced to answer the questions orally.
Although the authors recommend this book for older children, Pearl was eight when we started it and we did not feel any of the topics were inappropriate - heartbreaking perhaps, but not improper. Your family may differ, so we urge you to stay one chapter ahead if you are using this book with younger children.
Even Reluctant Scholars Enjoy Learning About Fallacies
By using short chapters, clear examples, a touch of humor, and interesting exercises, even reluctant scholars will enjoy learning how to identify fallacies. A full answer key is included at the back of the book.
A Decidedly Christian Perspective
Presented from a decidedly Christian perspective, The Fallacy Detective contains examples that concern conservative families, like abortion and politics. The practice and terminology will lay a great foundation for all other logic study. 214 pages.
2009 Edition: More Fallacies, More Cartoons
Author: Nathaniel Bluedorn and Hans Bluedorn
Copyright: 2002, 2009
Publisher: Christian Logic
Made In: USA
Awards and Endorsements:
First Place in the Logic category of the 2012 Practical Homeschooling Reader Awards
Finalist in ForeWord Magazine's 2003 Book of the Year Awards in the Philosophy category
The book presents essential reasoning skills in an easy to understand format.
It was a challenging book. My daughter really had to think about some of the examples and how they were deceiving.
I liked the book, as a homeschool teacher, but it wasn't my son's favorite book.
This is the curriculum used for the first semester of my middle schooler's Reasoning class at our homeschool co-op. With examples that students can relate to, our son enjoys learning the logic concepts and putting them into practice, especially putting forth arguments to win his parents over to his side-lol! The content is informative, yet entertaining, written in a conversational style perfect for a middle schooler's introductory course to logic.
I have three kids in grades 7-11 who used this book together. They figured out the lessons by discussing possible solutions often competing with one another. I really enjoyed seeing them apply what they learned to real life situations and find faulty reasoning particularly in commercials.