Richard Dawkins: Telling children the myth of Santa Claus could damage them


gerryh
#31
Quote: Originally Posted by LocutusView Post

Sounds like he's elf-medicating again


More proof that dawkins is an idiot.
 
Blackleaf
#32
Quote: Originally Posted by DaSleeperView Post

A PHD in zoology telling us the world is overheating...


A Biologist who thinks he thinks he's a Psychiatrist....


A real bizzaro world we're turning into..............

It's a bizarro WESTERN world we're turning into to. The rest of the world doesn't follow this modern, silly, PC nonsense that we follow.

I blame left-wing radical students in Yankee campuses in the 1970s.
 
Cliffy
+1
#33
Santa Claus is a Coke commercial icon representing mindless consumerism. Judging by the posts on this thread. Santa has you all brainwashed.... HAHAHAHA!!!
 
Blackleaf
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#34
This is the kind of "there is no Santa Claus! He is not real! He's just from a Coca-Cola advert" thread that we traditionally have on this forum over the Christmas period.

Anyone reading it will probably be right into coming to the conclusion that Canada is now a nation of Christmas-hating, misery-guts Scrooges who probably get some kind of sick perverted pleasure in telling their children that Santa isn't real. You never see this on other nations' forums.
 
Zipperfish
#35
Quote: Originally Posted by petrosView Post

Especially when it's science. It's how religion started. As science.

I don't think that's very likely.
 
Cliffy
#36
Quote: Originally Posted by BlackleafView Post

This is the kind of "there is no Santa Claus! He is not real! He's just from a Coca-Cola advert" thread that we traditionally have on this forum over the Christmas period.

Anyone reading it will probably be right into coming to the conclusion that Canada is now a nation of Christmas-hating, misery-guts Scrooges who probably get some kind of sick perverted pleasure in telling their children that Santa isn't real. You never see this on other nations' forums.

Bah Humbug! Buy the kids all; the toxic plastic crap made in China all you want. When they get sick and/or die you can blame it on Santa.
 
IdRatherBeSkiing
+3
#37
Quote: Originally Posted by CliffyView Post

Santa Claus is a Coke commercial icon representing mindless consumerism. Judging by the posts on this thread. Santa has you all brainwashed.... HAHAHAHA!!!

Did he not get you the pot you asked for for Christmas?
 
darkbeaver
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#38
Dawkins works his paid role as a leading skeptic and recognized expert of reality, scientific and otherwise, of course in his limited mind he considers it appropriate to teach Darwinism and the Big Bang the two leading science fairy tales of the modern era. I got over the shock of Santas mythical nature as soon as I confirmed, Scientifically,the uninterrupted flow of material goods on that sacred date despite my new found disbelief. I was worried for a while.
 
Corduroy
#39
Quote: Originally Posted by gopherView Post

myths and fairy tales are a part of every culture known to humanity - there has never been any proof that any of this causes harm to children

Except when one of a myth's true believer blows himself up on a busy street.
 
Tecumsehsbones
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#40
Quote: Originally Posted by CorduroyView Post

Except when one of a myth's true believer blows himself up on a busy street.

Or joins the army to "fight for freedom."
 
Spade
+1
#41
Or "Queen and country"
Santa Claus is real; democracy isn't.
 
darkbeaver
+1
#42
Quote: Originally Posted by SpadeView Post

Or "Queen and country"
Santa Claus is real; democracy isn't.

Hmmm, that's a disturbing but sound observation. Well it should be disturbing. People assume that democracy is real and Santa mythical but the later overwhelmingly consumes more effort of every kind than the former which is only assumed but not at all exercised. Actions speak louder than words? I'm troubled with the definition of real which seems to have escaped me while I read your post. I'm close to awknowlegeing Santa as real. Is information real, the idea of Santa Clause might be more real than the idea of democracy. Both stories are happy glad titing kind of things ain't they, the one might be the other, democracy wears a beard too. The chimney might be taken as the barrel of a cannon.
 
Spade
#43
Nicely said!
 
darkbeaver
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#44
Thanyou for the pat on the head Spade. I have willed my scriblings to the smithsonian.

Quote: Originally Posted by CorduroyView Post

Except when one of a myth's true believer blows himself up on a busy street.

Santa bomber! Really, there was this movie
 
Spade
#45
It wasn't meant as a pat, but a quiet cheer.
 
darkbeaver
#46
I will no doubt be published several hundred years from now when the ruins of the Smithsonian are excavated by 27th century Chinese argheologistss

I think I'm building an excuse for giving myself something special thgis coming christmas, Cuba I think.
 
Spade
#47
You are wise to pick Cuba over the Island of Hispaniola. The beaches are cleaner, the people friendlier - a more pleasant place all around.
 
darkbeaver
#48
Quote: Originally Posted by SpadeView Post

You are wise to pick Cuba over the Island of Hispaniola. The beaches are cleaner, the people friendlier - a more pleasant place all around.

I've never met friendlier people, they picked me out of bushes and off the beach, my daughters wedding compelled me to go, I can't get it out of my system, I have to go back. So my plan is simp,le, when the first frost appears on the car I load my luggage and drive to the airport when the last danger of frost expires I return to romp in NS.

I simply cAN'T TOLERATE ANOTHER NINE MONTH WINTER.
 
Praxius
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#49
Quote: Originally Posted by CliffyView Post

Santa Claus is a Coke commercial icon representing mindless consumerism. Judging by the posts on this thread. Santa has you all brainwashed.... HAHAHAHA!!!

Correction: The image we all know of Santa today is a Coca Cola icon, but the "Person" - Santa Claus - has existed long before that and has been referenced or tied to characters as far back as Germanic Pagan beliefs and Odin himself.

Santa Claus - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (external - login to view)


1881 illustration by Thomas Nast who, with the poem "A Visit from St. Nicholas", helped to create the modern image of Santa Claus.


A 13th-century Egyptian depiction of St. Nicholas from Saint Catherine's Monastery, Sinai.


Folk tale depiction of Father Christmas riding on a goat.


A man dressed up as Santa Claus fundraising for Volunteers of America on the sidewalk of street in Chicago, Illinois, in 1902. He is wearing a mask with a beard attached.

Quote:

Images of Santa Claus were further popularized through Haddon Sundblom's depiction of him for The Coca-Cola Company's Christmas advertising in the 1930s. The popularity of the image spawned urban legends that Santa Claus was invented by The Coca-Cola Company or that Santa wears red and white because they are the colors used to promote the Coca-Cola brand. Historically, Coca-Cola was not the first soft drink company to utilize the modern image of Santa Claus in its advertising—White Rock Beverages had already used a red and white Santa to sell mineral water in 1915 and then in advertisements for its ginger ale in 1923. Earlier still, Santa Claus had appeared dressed in red and white and essentially in his current form on several covers of Puck magazine in the first few years of the 20th century.

Learn some history.
Last edited by Praxius; Jun 5th, 2014 at 10:07 PM..
 
gopher
+2
#50
Honestly, I cannot even begin to imagine my childhood without Christmas and Santa Claus. It would be a much sadder world if this legend didn't exist.
 
gopher
+1
#51
Gee, I was about to start a thread re our annual War On Christmas but forgot that this one had been started months ago.

Well, it'll do.

So let's get that war started ....
 
mentalfloss
+1
#52
Don't mind letting my child enjoy some Santee Clause pics at the local mall, but if she asks about him I have no problem telling her he's not a real person.

And I will definitely not have anyone dress up as the guy to visit.
 
Nuggler
#53
Quote: Originally Posted by SalView Post

I'm so damaged.

now that I know there is no Santa Claus

there should have been a spoiler alert on this thread

But there IS a Santa. Believe..........bellllllieeeeeeeeeeeeeve.

or don't.

seeeeeeeee:

Richard Dawkins - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (external - login to view)

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Dawkins
Clinton Richard Dawkins /ˈdɔːkɨnz/, DSc, FRS, FRSL (born 26 March 1941) is an ethologist, evolutionary biologist, and writer"

They left off a sshole.
 
Twila
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#54
Fairtales are important for a child's imagination. But it's best if the child knows they're fairy tales. Otherwise it can do damage...

Children Exposed To Religion Have Difficulty Distinguishing Fact From Fiction, Study Finds (external - login to view)
 
gopher
+2
#55
Except that Santa Claus is not a fairy tale - he's for real!

One of my favorite "Twilight Zone" episodes:








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shadowshiv
+2
#56
Quote: Originally Posted by ZipperfishView Post

Gawd, this guy really needs to take the pole out of his ***.



The North or the South? I guess with the topic at hand, it is probably the North.

Quote: Originally Posted by PraxiusView Post

From the OP Link:


Oh "God", heaven forbid we allow our children to have a fk'n imagination.

I want to imagine Willow vanishes him to a realm where we no longer have to see or hear from again


I liked Willow. I thought it was a good movie.


(Also a hot character on Buffy The Vampire Slayer, especially when she went evil.)
 
gopher
+2
#57
It was Santa who defeated the Martians:







Where would be without him?






..
 
shadowshiv
+1
#58
Quote: Originally Posted by gopherView Post

It was Santa who defeated the Martians:







Where would be without him?






..


Over the years I've tried getting into that movie, but the cheese is just too much. Perhaps I will watch it all the way through...someday.
 
Blackleaf
#59


I'm prefer him in An Idiot Abroad 3 alongside Karl Pilkington and as the new host of Celebrity Squares.



 
gopher
+2
#60
Quote: Originally Posted by shadowshiv;

Over the years I've tried getting into that movie, but the cheese is just too much. Perhaps I will watch it all the way through...someday.



Yeah, it's kinda tough to get through it but I managed a long while ago. But then, Santa is my hero so it was good to see him win the day.
 

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