A study published in the July issue of Cognitive Science determined that children who are not exposed to religious stories are better able to tell that characters in “fantastical stories” are fictional — whereas children raised in a religious environment even “approach unfamiliar, fantastical stories flexibly.”
[The researchers] demonstrate that children typically have a “sensitivity to the implausible or magical elements in a narrative,” and can determine whether the characters in the narrative are real or fictional by references to fantastical elements within the narrative… However, children raised in households in which religious narratives are frequently encountered do not treat those narratives with the same skepticism."
A new study finds that kids exposed to religion have a hard time telling fact from fiction – which is particularly troubling given creationism is still being taught in the classroom, on taxpayer money.
It’s never too early to start teaching kids Carl Sagan’s rules for bullshit-busting and critical thinking.(via explore-blog) 446 notes