Philosophy Now has named Cressida Cowell’s How to Train Your Dragon books as an effective weapon against stupidity. It is the first time the award has been bestowed on an author of books for children. From The Guardian:
Given in the past to recipients including Noam Chomsky, Raymond Tallis and Ben Goldacre, the prize was established by the magazine to honour individuals who have made “an outstanding contribution to combating poor reasoning, unexamined assumptions and entrenched habits of thought”.
Rick Lewis at Philosophy Now paid tribute to the “wonderfully inventive descriptive language” of Cowell’s tale of the Viking Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III, as well as the way they “engage their young readers in deep reflection on big emotional, political and ethical themes”.
“One of the world’s biggest problems is stupidity,” said Lewis, “which regularly has bad consequences ranging from mere missed opportunities right up to misery, destruction and death.”
The full piece is here.