“I haven’t read Harry Potter, I have read Pullman who is the other leading children’s author that one might mention and I love his books. I don’t know what to think about magic and fairy tales.”
Prof Dawkins said he wanted to look at the effects of “bringing children up to believe in spells and wizards”.
“I think it is anti-scientific – whether that has a pernicious effect, I don’t know,” he told More4 News.
“I think looking back to my own childhood, the fact that so many of the stories I read allowed the possibility of frogs turning into princes, whether that has a sort of insidious affect on rationality, I’m not sure. Perhaps it’s something for research.”
IMAGINATION HAS NO BASIS IN SCIENTIFIC FACT? U DON’T SAY?!
Next he’s going to tell me science fiction is totally anti-scientific and unrealistic, and maybe that Jurassic Park wasn’t a documentary. :D
Jurassic Park isn’t real? WHAT
yes my parents let me believe that for 10 years. I WAS THIRTEEN WHEN I FOUND OUT JURASSIC PARK WAS NOT A REAL PLACE.
The only thing I have to say about this is that somehow I’m not at all surprised that he has read Pullman and hasn’t read Rowling. (And I am probably too amused that he thinks Pullman is “the” other children’s author. Ah, people who live in their own little bubbles…)