Nevertheless, to be able to understand why an argument is wrong is a useful start - if you don't know yourself you have little chance of persuading anyone else. And this book is really helpful at showing you how to see where faulty logic is in play. This book is an updated version of a book published in the mid 's with the title "The Book of the fallacy - a training manual for intellectual subversives.
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