Reading fairy stories to children is harmful because it instils a false belief in the supernatural from a young age, the evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins has warned.
We are Pan Narrans you idiot. Telling stories is what we do.
“I think it’s rather pernicious to inculcate into a child a view of the world which includes supernaturalism – we get enough of that anyway,’ the 73-year-old said.
“Even fairy tales, the ones we all love, with wizards or princesses turning into frogs or whatever it was. There’s a very interesting reason why a prince could not turn into a frog – it’s statistically too improbable.”
As is very well explained, it’s easy enough to make a Prince think he’s a frog but conservation of mass means it’s very difficult to actually turn one into the other (umm, in the Tiffany Acheing stories I think?).