Posts Tagged ‘fairy tales’

On wizard books!

October 30, 2008

A news item that Dawkins is planning to spend his retirement writing children’s books which will compare fairy tale explanations with scientific ones sets John Hawks into penning a nice post:

I disagree with Dawkins’ idea, by the way. I think wizard books (and fantasy generally) convey the idea that the social universe is governed by regular rules, even if a physical universe can have different rules than our own. And the very notion that a physical universe might have different rules gives many opportunities to reflect on the nature of physical laws, which are in many cases hardly obvious to human perception. I think we want scientists to be a little bit anti-rational, to think that there might be organizing principles that they can’t see with their eyes.

Hawks ends the post with the thought

I’m wondering whether we should be scaring children with Dawkins…

I agree!