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    Default Richard Dawkins disapproves of "anti-scientific" literature, like "Harry Potter"

    "The madman is not the man who has lost his reason. He is the man who has lost everything except his reason."
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    "Richard Dawkins, the evolutionary biologist and "God Delusion" polemicist, recently offered a frightening glimpse of what might be called the reverse-fundamentalist worldview.

    Mr. Dawkins mused to a British television network that fairy tales and supernatural-themed books such as the "Harry Potter" series are "anti-scientific."

    "Whether that has a pernicious effect, I don't know," the 67-year-old British writer said. "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 effect on rationality, I'm not sure. Perhaps it's something for research."

    It's telling that, in this case, the conclusion, provisional though it may be, reached by a hyperrationalist scientist mirrors exactly that of those who object to "Harry Potter" on religious grounds: that a mind that too frequently wanders from the realm of settled truth becomes vulnerable to poisonous falsehoods.

    Mr. Dawkins' suspicion of fairy tales - of imagination - is an indication of the extremes to which philosophical materialism can lead...."

    Washington Times - EDGE: The Richard Dawkins delusion

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    Hm, I DO see his Point. Too much of "Fairytales" can really spoil one's Mind to where he can become surrealistic. On the other Hand he probably should not take those Books too serious either. Many of them are just thought to be a "slip out of Reality" and offer nice Stuff to dream or think about.
    But I'd say when People seriously start to believe EVERYTHING that is written in such Books, it can be quite dangerous (Loss of Reality, which is never good).

    I actually know some Persons like that from my Buddies IRL. One actually believes that her future Boyfriend looks like one of those Characters of the Harry Potter Book. She also thinks that Jason (Freddy vs Jason) is real and he looks just like in the Movie. And uhm...well, I dun think it is too healthy. She is actually pretty "psyched" if you ask me.
    Then I know this other Girl who seriously believes that the egpytian God Seth is in Love with her and she never took a Boyfriend until now, because "she waits for him".
    So, again: I DO see his Point.

    Oh and really great Thread, Peguy!
    Rule #1: Driver picks the music. Shotgun shuts his cakehole.

    Again, Demons I get, but people are just crazy.

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    I actually support this. I think that there is far too much ilusions in modern society.

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    Title: Richard Dawkins disapproves of "anti-scientific" literature, like "Harry Potter"

    Quote Originally Posted by Peguy View Post

    "Richard Dawkins, the evolutionary biologist and "God Delusion" polemicist, recently offered a frightening glimpse of what might be called the reverse-fundamentalist worldview.

    Mr. Dawkins mused to a British television network that fairy tales and supernatural-themed books such as the "Harry Potter" series are "anti-scientific."

    "Whether that has a pernicious effect, I don't know," the 67-year-old British writer said. "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 effect on rationality, I'm not sure. Perhaps it's something for research."

    It's telling that, in this case, the conclusion, provisional though it may be, reached by a hyperrationalist scientist mirrors exactly that of those who object to "Harry Potter" on religious grounds: that a mind that too frequently wanders from the realm of settled truth becomes vulnerable to poisonous falsehoods.

    Mr. Dawkins' suspicion of fairy tales - of imagination - is an indication of the extremes to which philosophical materialism can lead...."
    Did we read the same article?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Antisocial one View Post
    I actually support this. I think that there is far too much ilusions in modern society.
    Extremism in any form is detrimental to human development.

    How effective can an inventor be if he does not have a wild imagination?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Edgar View Post
    How effective can an inventor be if he does not have a wild imagination?
    Very true, Edgar.
    I guess like Everything, this is another Question of "right Dosis". Too much of either one can be damaging, so a Balance is Best I guess.
    Rule #1: Driver picks the music. Shotgun shuts his cakehole.

    Again, Demons I get, but people are just crazy.

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    Wow, that's depressing.
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    "I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be. You can never be what you ought to be until I am what I ought to be. This is the interrelated structure of reality." -Martin Luther King, Jr.

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    He isn't asserting things, only musing.

    If anyone asserted these claims, that would be just as alarming as the extreme fundie religious people. But he looks like he's just saying, "what if?"
    *You don't have a soul. You are a Soul. You have a body.
    *Faith is the art of holding on to things your reason once accepted, despite your changing moods.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ptgatsby View Post
    Title: Richard Dawkins disapproves of "anti-scientific" literature, like "Harry Potter"

    Did we read the same article?
    Well then write to the Washington Times about it, because if you click the link that's what it states:

    "Biologist-writer Richard Dawkins disapproves of "anti-scientific" literature, including the "Harry Potter" books."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Edgar View Post
    Extremism in any form is detrimental to human development.

    How effective can an inventor be if he does not have a wild imagination?
    1. True

    2. Who is talking about inventors?
    We are talking about public that is losing common sense.

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