‘Dawkins is right; there is a danger with make-believe when it used as evidence for pseudo-science’ – Education – TES News

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The famous Cottingley fairies duped Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Today anyone who touted such a belief would be widely scoffed at. There is no scientific evidence that fairies exist and no serious scientist would ever apply for research funding to show that they did.

Why was Conan-Doyle fooled? He was a well-respected writer, a qualified doctor so at heart a scientist. The photographs were taken by cousins Elsie and Frances Griffiths at the bottom of their garden in Cottingley, near Bradford.

My blog on the TES Opinion Website:

‘Dawkins is right; there is a danger with make-believe when it used as evidence for pseudo-science’ – Education – TES News.

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2 thoughts on “‘Dawkins is right; there is a danger with make-believe when it used as evidence for pseudo-science’ – Education – TES News

    Paul Braterman said:
    June 9, 2014 at 3:41 pm

    The Cottingley fairies were such highly contemporary icons of their subject that those fooled by them were colluding in their own deception (compare the Turin Shroud image) I haven’t read Dawkins on this, but feel that recognising dragons as myths may help inoculate against dragons-as-dinosaurs. Even Santa Claus and the Tooth Fairy might serve their turn, being explained later as personifications of real human emotions. Despite the best efforts of Creation Ministries International, I doubt that anyone has ever been converted to creationism by the argument from dragons.

    James said:
    June 9, 2014 at 3:51 pm

    Converted by dragons to creationism no, but AiG uses them with young children to promote their idea that dinosaurs and humans lived together, not just in the Garden of Eden, but long after. That is part of their indoctrination process.

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