From Tots to Teens, StarMag
PROFESSOR Richard Dawkins, author of The God Delusion, announced two weeks ago that he would be leaving his post as professor of science and understanding at Oxford. One of the things Dawkins plans to do during his retirement is to write "a children's book on how to think about the world - critical thinking contrasted with mythical thinking."
Dawkins wishes to warn children about the dangers of believing in "anti-scientific" fairytales, including fantasy and science fiction. He was quoted in several British papers saying, "I would like to know whether there is any evidence that bringing children up to believe in spells and wizards has a pernicious effect. So many of the stories I read allowed the possibility of frogs turning into princes and I'm not sure whether that has a sort of insidious affect on rationality. Perhaps it's something for research."