An original approach to the identification of fallacies focusing on their relationship to human self deception, mental trickery, and manipulation. Introduces the. Richard Paul and T he Foundation for C ritical T hinking The Thinker’s Guide to Fallacies: The Art of Mental Trickery and Manipulation To understand the human . The Thinker’s Guide to Fallacies: The Art of Mental Trickery and Manipulation. by Be the first to ask a question about The Thinker’s Guide to Fallacies.

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Kgosi Mmusi rated it really liked it Jan 14, Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. This impetus is evident, for example, when politicians appear before mass audiences with well-polished, but intellectually empty, speeches There are a number of alternative labelsfor the roles fallacies the art of mental trickery and manipulation “manipulators” play, including: Their thinking is largely comprised of stereotypes, caricatures, oversimplifications, sweeping generalizations, illusions, delusions, rationalizations, false dilemmas, and begged questions Their teickery are often traceable to irrational fears and attachments, personal vanity and envy, intellectual arrogance and simple-mindedness.

How can humans create within their own minds such an inconsistent amalgam of the rational and the irrational? Students need seminal insights and intellectual tools that enable them to protect themselves from becoming intellectual victims in a world of swarming media piranhas, or, just as bad, from joining the swarm as a junior piranha in training.

Frank marked it as to-read Sep 16, Penelope marked it as to-read Aug 21, Or it can be approached deeply, in which case fallacies the art of mental trickery and manipulation relates the construction of fallacies to the pursuit of human interests and irrational desires. Those who possess power in the form of wealth, property, and weaponry are those who decide what truths will be trumpeted around the world and what truths will be ridiculed, silenced, or suppressed.


The intellectual tricks, traps, and snares humans so commonly engage in or fall prey to can be described from many differing standpoints and in a variety of differing terms In this guide, we deal only with those most common or most easily recognized.

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The Thinker’s Guide to Fallacies: The Art of Mental Trickery and Manipulation

And they have insight into what makes people vulnerable to manipulation. Vecna Booler marked it as to-read Dec 09, Their minds are products of social and personal forces they neither understand, control, nor concern themselves fallacies the art of mental trickery and manipulation. Their personal beliefs are often based in prejudices. Adult crime, adult time! They are eminently ready to be directed and controlled, as long as those doing the controlling flatter them and lead them to believe that their views are correct and insightful.

They are acutely aware of the phenomenon of mass society and of the machinery of mass persuasion and social control. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. No one becomes a fair-minded thinker first and a selfish person later. The arbitrary nature of its folkways is known to its fallacies the art of mental trickery and manipulation if it has anybut not to its overwhelming majority.


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Your young life will be ruined forever! It both transcends the creatures of lessor ability and insults their innocence and nobility by its self-deception and cruelty. maniphlation

The Thinker’s Guide to Fallacies: The Art of Mental Trickery and Manipulation by Linda Elder

To exacerbate this problem, not only are humans instinctively self- deceptive, they are naturally sociocentric as well. When was ghe last time you even took a shower?

The mass media are structured to appeal to such persons. Fanity Koleva marked it as to-read May 28, Both useful truths and harmful misconceptions are its intermixed products It can as easily believe what is false as what is true.

Barb rated it it was amazing Aug 23, They use “rational” means only when such means can be used to create the appearance of objectivity and reasonability. Anon The fallacies the art of mental trickery and manipulation ‘fallacy’ derives from two Latin words, fallax “deceptive” and fallere “to deceive”. Pranav Krishnan rated it really liked it Jan 30, Elder has taught psychology and critical thinking at the college level and has given presentations to more than 20, educators at all levels.

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