Jamie Whyte is a management consultant. He was formerly a philosopher who wrote on philosophy for a general audience. Born in New Zealand, he now lives in the United Kingdom. He was formerly a lecturer in Philosophy at Cambridge University.
He has written numerous articles for The Times newspaper, and books including Bad Thoughts (whose US edition is called Crimes Against Logic ), A Load of Blair, Free Thoughts (a collection of various articles) and Quack Policy. His style attempts to dissect confused logic and nonsensical arguments, specifically the public pronouncements of modern politicians.
In Bad Thoughts Whyte identifies and provides examples of the most common devices used to present flawed arguments, and encourages the reader to develop the ability to spot flawed reasoning.
Whyte has defended the morality and the right of wealthy individuals to use tax avoidance schemes to massively reduce their tax, following criticism by British Prime Minister David Cameron of the comedian Jimmy Carr, who had been accused of reducing his tax liability through using such a scheme to about 1% of his £3.3 million income.
- "A lively guide to resisting bogus reasoning.". Skeptical Inquirer. 2006-07-01. Retrieved 2008-05-27.[dead link]
- Witchalls, Clint (2003-12-15). "Why do we still buy alternative remedies, when so few have been proven to work?". The Independent (London). Retrieved 2008-05-27.
- "TONY BLAIR AND THE QUEEN'S ENGLISH.". Contemporary Review. 2005-08-01. Retrieved 2008-05-27.
- Institute of Economics Affairs. 2013-09-21. Evidence-based’ policies are damaging UK policymaking. Retrieved 2013-09-21
- Whyte, Jamie (2012-06-21). "In Defense of Jimmy Carr". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 2012-06-23.
- Jamie Whyte on Corvo books[dead link], including links to newspaper articles he has contributed to The Times.
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