Buttle's World

27 June, 2009

Dawkins Camp

Filed under: Posts — clgood @ 14:23

I’m on record as thinking Richard Dawkins has made some serious errors in his Atheism outreach. This, however, strikes me as a good idea.

The emphasis on critical thinking is epitomised by a test called the Invisible Unicorn Challenge. Children will be told by camp leaders that the area around their tents is inhabited by two unicorns. The activities of these creatures, of which there will be no physical evidence, will be regularly discussed by organisers, yet the children will be asked to prove that the unicorns do not exist. Anyone who manages to prove this will win a £10 note – which features an image of Charles Darwin, the father of evolutionary theory – signed by Dawkins, a former professor of the public understanding of science at Oxford University.

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