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


Locutus
Corduroy
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Santa's small potatoes.
 
DaSleeper
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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..............
 
petros
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Religion of Science.
 
Twila
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Personally I'm a fan of this Santa.

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petros
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Zipperfish
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Gawd, this guy really needs to take the pole out of his ***.
 
Tecumsehsbones
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Does Santa pay his elves minimum wage?
 
Corduroy
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Quote: Originally Posted by TecumsehsbonesView Post

Does Santa pay his elves minimum wage?

He pays them in milk and cookies. After he takes his cut, of course.
 
Tecumsehsbones
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Quote: Originally Posted by CorduroyView Post

He pays them in milk and cookies. After he takes his cut, of course.

Sounds like the International Siblinghood of Sprites, Brownies, Elves, Fairies, and Climate Scientists (AFL-CIO) has some work to do.
 
Nuggler
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Quote: Originally Posted by CorduroyView Post

He pays them in milk and cookies. After he takes his cut, of course.

Size of the guy, he gets more than his share.

I always thought Santa was kind of a cheap prick. We got socks. Mum used to say we were lucky to have feet.
 
eh1eh
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Quote: Originally Posted by LocutusView Post

Sounds like he's elf-medicating again

Not at all. He is sitting in the 'troll catbird seat' and exercising his 'trolly' powers.



Quote: Originally Posted by petrosView Post

Religion of Science.

Really a crying shame we can never say the opposite.
 
Sal
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all rational and no imagination or fantasy is equally abusive, to use his terminology
 
Corduroy
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Quote: Originally Posted by petrosView Post

Religion of Science.

Funny how the best way to cast science in a negative light is to call it a religion.
 
SLM
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Quote: Originally Posted by LocutusView Post

Sounds like he's elf-medicating again

Children damaged by myths and fantasies. What a buzz killer!
 
Nuggler
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Quote: Originally Posted by CorduroyView Post

Funny how the best way to cast science in a negative light is to call it a religion.

 
petros
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Quote: Originally Posted by CorduroyView Post

Funny how the best way to cast science in a negative light is to call it a religion.

There is nothing funny about it. When emotion hits the equation it's no longer science it's religion.
 
Corduroy
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Quote: Originally Posted by petrosView Post

There is nothing funny about it. When emotion hits the equation it's no longer science it's religion.

Ya, religion is ****ing bonkers.
 
petros
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Especially when it's science. It's how religion started. As science.
 
damngrumpy
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What a load of you know what. Around here Santa is a big deal during the Christmas
Season. We have 23 grand children of various ages and in fact we now have a couple
of great grand kids just little ones and Santa is a real the the universe as it should be
until they grow out of it. I agree letting children be children and have their own myths and
dreams is a terrible thing. They should all have long faces with nothing to look forward
too. When adults tread into children's personal spaces with their self righteous nonsence
someone should call them on it.
 
Sal
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I'm so damaged.

now that I know there is no Santa Claus

there should have been a spoiler alert on this thread
 
damngrumpy
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What? You don't believe in Santa? You can't shake my faith like that
I get presents from him every year and presents with his name on the
tag there must be a Santa
 
petros
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I don't believe there is a Richard Dawkins.
Last edited by petros; Jun 4th, 2014 at 06:54 PM..
 
Sal
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Quote: Originally Posted by damngrumpyView Post

What? You don't believe in Santa? You can't shake my faith like that
I get presents from him every year and presents with his name on the
tag there must be a Santa

good point, Santa shows his love every year!!!
 
Goober
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Perhaps we should lower the age to work. perhaps 8 -10. Make it mandatory, teach the little buggers what life is like without an education or a skilled trade.
 
Sal
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Quote: Originally Posted by GooberView Post

Perhaps we should lower the age to work. perhaps 8 -10. Make it mandatory, teach the little buggers what life is like without an education or a skilled trade.

sounds good, we could save a lot on our educational costs that way
 
SLM
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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

We'll always have the Easter Bunny.
 
Sal
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Quote: Originally Posted by SLMView Post

We'll always have the Easter Bunny.

mmmmmmmmmmmmm chooooocolate

okay I feel better now,
 
gopher
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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
 
Praxius
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From the OP Link:
Quote:

This is according to controversial biologist Richard Dawkins who warned an audience at the Cheltenham Science Festival about the dangers of make-believe.

In typically incendiary style, Dawkins suggested it was 'pernicious to instil in a child the view that the world is shaped by supernaturalism.'

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
 

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