If Svensson and his fellow biblical literalists are as open-minded as he would have us believe, why are they so exercised over the possibility that their children might be exposed to a rational scientific treatment of natural phenomena? I believe that all supernatural belief systems, whether primitive shamanism or monotheistic religion, are imaginative constructs of the human mind with no basis in reality. Nevertheless, religion is a feature of our society, as it has been of most others, and has influenced many aspects of our culture. My children attended Sunday school, and I hope that experience helped them to develop a tolerant understanding of the motivations and beliefs of members of religious groups. I do not think that my beliefs should preclude their exposure to important aspects of our society.
Studies on the sex lives of rats and the personality of rocks are among the projects celebrated this year.