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Richard Dawkins: Fairy tales ‘stretch the imagination’

First it was religion. Now the atheist and scientist Richard Dawkins has turned his attention to fairy tales. Speaking at the Cheltenham Science Festival the author of The God Delusion argued in favour of a scientific world view over a supernatural one - encouraging parents to foster a spirit of scepticism in their children. He’s been misquoted since - so what exactly did he say?

(Photo: A bronze sculpture depicts a grandfather recounting a fairy tale to his granddaughter in Schoeneberg, Germany. Schoenberg is close to the region where the Grimm Brothers collected their famous stories. Credit: Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

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