One might not consider reading a dictionary for entertainment, but this book is both informative, entertaining and perhaps somewhat frightening. For example, a trial by jury appears to be a fair manner in which to determine guilt or innocence, but how many jurors are aware of the many biases of their fellow jurors, as well as their own?
Having studied logic in the late 1960s, I was aware of many of the fallacies listed in this book, but certainly not all of them. This book was a pleasant “refresher course” for me. The chapter on the “backfire effect” is especially interesting to me, having recently read WHEN PROPHECY FAILS, as well as having discussions with an acquaintance who claims to be psychic. It seems that no evidence is strong enough to cause some folks to reconsider their beliefs, that, in fact, contrary evidence only strengthens those chosen beliefs.
The recent presidential campaign was rampant with faulty arguments and accusations, many of them apparently accepted at face value, without any degree of critical thinking.
Although not directly stated, Carol's book is a refreshing reminder that “common sense” should be reexamined, that perhaps we would be better citizens through recognizing fallacies and developing critical thinking, that we might even make better investment decisions, etc. Hopefully, this book might remedy some of the fallacies which abound in this Internet age; the mindless circulation of urban legends, pseudoscience, and the like. Thank you Robert Carroll!