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← Children need to be sprinkled with fairy dust

Lumifish's Avatar Jump to comment 20 by Lumifish

it is possible that reading fantasy and fairy tales inoculates one against future religious indoctrination.

A 'fantasy as immunization' analogy to go with the 'religion as virus' one? I like that =)

This is an answerable question, and my feelings and your feelings should be superseded by research on real children.

Dawkins is right, as usual. I am curious as to how such research would be done, though; given how pervasive fiction of all kinds is in our society, wouldn't it be kind of difficult to put up adequate controls to test any hypothesis about the effects of fantasy, harmful or otherwise? 'Correlation != causation' would seem likely to apply to many of the results, too.

Mon, 27 Oct 2008 01:45:00 UTC | #258460