The Book of Bad Arguments is a great primer for anyone looking to understand logical fallacies and become a better debater. It helps that each logical fallacy is accompanied by a comic featuring funny animals.

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Writer and computer programmer Ali Almossawi teamed up with illustrator Alejandro Giraldo to create The Book of Bad Arguments, which is available in its entirety online and licensed under a Creative Commons license. Almossawi briefly explains each logical fallacy and the cartoon on the opposite page illustrates how the fallacy works.

Here are a few examples of the illustrations:

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Ad Hominem:

Appeal to Consequences:

Circular Reasoning:

Guilt by Association:

Irrelevant Authority:

And up top is the Appeal to Fear. Check it out and pass it along to the arguers—good and bad—in your life.

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The Book of Bad Arguments [via Dangerous Minds]