Scooby Doo and Secular Humanism [link]

A great column by Chris Sims at the Comics Alli­ance.


Be­cause that’s the thing about Scooby-Doo: The bad guys in ev­ery epi­sode aren’t mon­sters, they’re liars.

I can’t imag­ine how scan­dal­ized those crit­ics who were re­lieved to have some­thing that was mild enough to not ex­cite their kids would’ve been if they’d stopped for a sec­ond and re­al­ized what was ac­tu­ally go­ing on. The very first rule of Scooby-Doo, the sin­gle premise that sits at the heart of their ad­ven­tures, is that the world is full of grown-ups who lie to kids, and that it’s up to those kids to figure out what those lies are and call them on it, even if there are other adults who be­lieve those lies with ev­ery fiber of their be­ing. And the way that you win isn’t through su­per­nat­u­ral pow­ers, or even through fight­ing. The way that you win is by do­ing the most dan­ger­ous thing that any per­son be­ing lied to by some­one in power can do: You think.

Tim Minchin fans may re­call him men­tion­ing Scooby Doo in a similar light in his beat poem Storm, and it’s been brought up on Less Wrong be­fore.

When viewed in this light, Scooby Doo re­ally is like an el­e­men­tary ver­sion of Meth­ods of Ra­tion­al­ity.