The Fallacy Detective: Thirty-Eight Lessons on How to Recognize Bad Reasoning by Nathaniel Bluedorn, etc.

By Lawrence

Summary: A great introduction to reasoning with logic and how to detect lies that are told in various situations. Good book for anyone who has no formal training in logic and those who want to build up their critical thinking skills. Highly recommended.

Book Information

The Fallacy Detective: Thirty-Eight Lessons on How to Recognize Bad Reasoning
Written by Nathaniel Bluedorn, Hans Bluedorn

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A concise, lesson-driven book introduces the readers to logical fallacies. It is a book designed for anyone from age 8 and above with plain English and lots of examples. It is well organized with post lession exercises and discussion topics that the readers can get themselves to work on their basic fallacy detection skills.

In this information age, we have to process many times more information everyday comparing to just 10 or 20 years ago. During this time, science has advaned significantly in understanding how human perceive information, thus leading to the explosion of misleading advertisements, political messages, or even workplace white lies. This book helps the readers to develop an inquiring mind so that they will not be easily fooled.

I think this book is a necessity to anyone who wants to be a trader but seldom questioned authorities before.

I also highly recommend this book to anyone who has no training in informal logic as what you learn from the book is practical and useful.


  • Perry November 21, 2012 at 11:39 am

    Another very readable and insightful book on thinking skills, bias’ and perspective is Edward de Bono’s ‘The Textbook of Wisdom’ – a book filled with sketch diagrams; loosely organized (like thinking); and one you can open anywhere to read and consider.

    I have not read the Bluedorn books yet, but plan to. Thanks for the review LC.

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