The prominent atheist is stepping down from his post at Oxford University to write a book aimed at youngsters in which he will warn them against believing in “anti-scientific” fairytales.
Prof Hawkins said: “The book I write next year will be a children’s book on how to think about the world, science thinking contrasted with mythical thinking.
“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.”
Alright, so, let’s see…he thinks that children actually believe in Harry and the rest of the Hogwarts gang? And he thinks Christians are credulous?
Bad children, with your imaginations and flights of fancy! No more storybooks for you, just science textbooks!
I think I may try my hand at writing a children’s book in which the heroes are people who have imagination and some sense of wonder and the villain is a self-important, supercilious old fart who can’t stand that people put any trust whatsoever in things that can’t be proved empirically and [shudder] actually draw some joy from their beliefs and imaginations.
But no, that’s too far-fetched, isn’t it?