– Dan Le Sac vs. Scroobius Pip. I saw them at Bath Uni. He vomited on stage during that song but kept going. Rock ‘n’ roll.
So Richard Dawkins is supporting a summer camp that teaches kids to think, as an alternative to the Christian ones like the one my brother is at right now. You can read a bit about it at the BBC News site.
I think teaching children to think critically rather than just accept what they’re told is a great idea, because they get taught a lot of rubbish at school about things like so-called evidence for the theory of evolution.
So apart from pitying the poor organisers who believe they’re the ones thinking clearly as opposed to the people who run Christian camps, I can’t really argue with much of what they say their aim is.
My problem comes with the hunt for invisible unicorns for which the only evidence is an ancient book. There’s a prize for whichever child proves they don’t exist.
It’s not that it’s not fair enough to try that, but it seems rather biased.
I would like to try putting a watch on the ground. There’s a booklet with it that gives the name and contact details of the manufacturer, so while they may not have previously met the person who made it, they can actually get in touch with them if they wish. I would give a tenner to a child who could give a sensible reason to doubt that the watch was in fact made by anyone, rather that it could have just come to be there all by itself.