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Postmodern Times: Taking Yourself Seriously

I found the book cover at left on the internet.

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Richard Dawkins is now worried about the effect of fables on children and intends to rationalize the world for them. According to the article above:

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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 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.”

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Aldous Huxley, who foresaw cloning, easy sex and drugs, and many other trends in “Brave New World”, also foresaw Dawkins. In Brave New World children are taught scientific fairytales and nursery rhymes like this one:


Orgy-porgy, Ford and fun,

Kiss the girls and make them one.

Boys at one with girls at peace;

Orgy-porgy gives release.


It is, of course, an adaptation of M****r Goose, M****r being a vulgar obscenity in a world with only assembly line births.

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