Renowned atheist Richard Dawkins has been accused of having a science delusion after launching a scathing attack on children’s fairy tales.
The British scientist, known for his assaults on religion in books such as The God Delusion, has told a science festival audience that parents should ditch fairy tales in order to “foster a spirit of scepticism” in their children.
“I think it’s rather pernicious to inculcate into a child a view of the world which includes supernaturalism,” The Times reports him saying.
“Even fairy tales, the ones we all love, about witches and wizards or princes turning into frogs. There’s a very interesting reason why a prince could not turn into a frog. It’s statistically too improbable.”
Oh my God, what a tool.
Let’s just kill off all imagination in kids also.
Dawkins told the festival in Cheltenham, England, that a scientific approach to the world was far superior to a “second-rate” supernatural one.
He cited the Winnie-the-Pooh stories as implausible, with their idea of a bear, tiger, pig and kangaroo sharing an ecosystem.
Next he’ll tell us that Fiver in Watership Down couldn’t really have visions of the future.