Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Dickie Dawkins

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."
There was a boy called Dickie Dawkins, and he almost deserved it. His parents called him Clinton Richard Dawkins and masters called him Dawkins. I can't tell you how his friends spoke to him, for he had none. He didn't call his Father and Mother "Father" and "Mother", but Clinton John Dawkins and Jean Mary Vyvyan Dawkins (née Ladner). They were very up-to-date and advanced people. They were vegetarians, non-smokers and teetotallers and wore a special kind of underclothes. In their house there was very little furniture and very few clothes on beds and the windows were always open.

Dickie Dawkins liked animals, especially beetles, if they were dead and pinned on a card. He liked books if they were books of information and had pictures of grain elevators or of fat foreign children doing exercises in model schools.

Dickie Dawkins disliked his cousins the four Pevensies, Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy. But he was quite glad when he heard that Edmund and Lucy were coming to stay. For deep down inside him he liked bossing and bullying; and, though he was a puny little person who couldn't have stood up even to Lucy, let alone Edmund, in a fight, he knew that there are dozens of ways to give people a bad time if you are in your own home and they are only visitors.


  1. Patrick,
    Well done! Oddly enough it occurred to me when I did an essay on the philosophy behind the Chronicles of Narnia that Eustace Clarence Scrubb was just the sort of boy to grow up into someone like Daniel Dennett, if nothing intervened. So I think you are onto something with Prof. Dawkins!

  2. The graphics work so well, don't they!

  3. Thanks! It's an honor to have two distinguished philosophers comment in this little ol' post. :-)

    BTW, I purchased The Chronicles of Narnia and Philosophy edited by Gregory Bassham and Jerry Walls at a Barnes and Noble some time ago. If I recall, I believe it was in the bargain section for somewhere around $5.99. A great deal! Thanks for your guys' contributions to the collection.

  4. Eustace was a classic reductionist. Richie D should be avoided by any atheist wanting to maintain face. If anyone cites "The God Delusion" as if it was a good argument, they're someone who doesn't take truth and/or research seriously.