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Reviewed by Mary C. Blowers for Readers' Favorite
The Dark Science of Logical Fallacies: 30 Minutes to Naturally Reprogram Your Mind & Stop the Media, Politicians and Liars from Stealing Your Money, Your Mind & Your Power is a very interesting book which, in its essence, is meant to teach critical thinking. I first became exposed to critical thinking when I went to college. Opinions were no longer sufficient. Different people, groups and different age ranges feel differently about various topics. Kazi Khurram has broken down various topics and gives an example of how one may be misled by someone with a conflicting agenda. This may be newscasters, it may be a co-worker or boss, or it may be a politician. It could even be a parent or child. Have you ever heard parents saying, "If everyone else jumped off the bridge, would you do it?" This is an example of a ludicrous question meant to get a point across. Parents sometimes have to resort to manipulation in this way to keep their children from danger. Any of these people may use a fallacy in an attempt to persuade others.
The example is given of a coin toss. In reality, no matter how many times a coin is tossed, each time it has a 50-50 probability of either heads or tails. Many people play the lottery. Sometimes you will hear them say, "If I keep playing I will eventually win." You might think this yourself, and you might even think it seems logical. But in reality there are so many people buying so many tickets that the odds are very, very small. The Dark Science of Logical Fallacies by Kazi Khurram is a unique book that can indeed help you think more critically. The media and other entities around you are all sending different messages and each of us must discern what is important to us and what is true. This book will get you started in the right direction toward thinking for yourself.