Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Richard Dawkins vs Harry Potter

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After taking on organized religion, Richard Dawkins now has his eyes on his next target: Harry Potter.

Apparently, this is a full-time job as Dawkins has even relinquished his chair at Oxford to pursue the young boy wizard.

Just what upsets Dawkins so much about Potter? "I don't know what to think about magic and fairy tales." Prof Dawkins said he wanted to look at the effects of "bringing children up to believe in spells and wizards".

Me? I think Dawkins is about to go off the deep end.


  1. He admits that he hasn't read Harry Potter....but he likes fellow atheist Philip Pullman.
    No surprise there.

  2. Indeed! Remember that with Dawkins: Conclusion first, Reasoning later.

  3. *about* to go off the deep end?

    I read all of the Golden Compass books, and most of Harry Potter. I must say I like Pullman better. But what do I know, growing up reading Tolkien and learning about the "Judeo-Christian myth" may have had an insidious effect on my judgement.

  4. Heh. I'm trying to be charitable.


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