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In 1996, a unicorn that no one can see was adapted as a teaching device at Camp Quest, the first free-thought summer camp for children established in the United States, by Dr. L. Wilson. As reported years later in the July 21, 2006 Cincinnati Enquirer, “Campers must try to prove that imaginary unicorns—as a metaphor for God—don’t exist.” Richard Dawkins alluded to unicorns in this connection in his 2006 book The God Delusion, writing that “Russell’s teapot, of course, stands for an infinite number of things whose existence is conceivable and cannot be disproved. A philosophical favorite is the invisible, intangible, inaudible unicorn.”
In the essay The Dragon in my Garage from the book The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle In the Dark, Carl Sagan uses the example of an invisible dragon breathing heatless fire that someone claims lives in his garage. The supposed dragon cannot be seen, heard, or sensed in any way, nor does it leave footprints. There is no reason to believe this purported dragon exists.
Here is an interesting Facebook discussion that was sent to me:
Tip of the hat to Avery Millieu for this little gem.
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