Dawkin’s believes that fairy tells hurt kids. Update: It sounds like I have been unfair, here are the reported comments. It still makes a cool conversation, so I will leave this up for comments about the ideas
From the article:
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.
I find this troubling, as I have a different view on what fairy tales are:
… saying we shouldn't teach them as they involve unrealistic/empirically false assumptions misses the point completely.
— TVHE (@TVHE) June 5, 2014
You may note some similarities in this to how I have broadly discussed economics.
However, I’m interested in your thoughts. Is the framework I’m using “right”, if not why, if so how can we use that to analyse the efficacy of fairy tales for helping give children knowledge (vs misleading them). Given all this, what lessons can we take for economics!