Richard Dawkins attacks fairy stories

Richard Dawkins has warned that reading fairy stories to children may be harmful. The evolutionary biologist said that such stories could instil a false belief in the supernatural from a young age and said it was ‘pernicious’ to teach children about things such as a frog turning into a prince which is ‘statistically improbable’.

Speaking to promote his new memoir An Appetite for Wonder, Dawkins said: ‘Is it a good thing to go along with the fantasies of childhood, magical as they...

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