One of Mack's subjects ("Sheila," No. 2) exhibited four of the seven fantasy-prone indicators, and another ("Arthur," No. 13) exhibited five; the rest showed all seven characteristics. These results are displayed in Figure 1.
What am I missing here???
Nothing, except that the correspondence between raising children to be materialists and their later disbelief in gods or flying saucers is not 1:1. Contrariwise, I refer you once again to the case of Ian Wolf - an astronomer who has psychic experiences - and controls them, as well as using them to his advantage.
You raise the most hackles here with your repeated assumption that the Santa Claus story actually does harm. You haven't proved that to be so.
You have tried to shift the burden of proof on to "Santa-friendly" families, demanding that they prove "a lie" is somehow better than "the truth." But isn't it enough that this particular type of "not-true data" does no harm?
To return to your original post:
The laws of nature and physics are violated every few seconds in film and tv!
Yes; that is what makes cartoons funny.
Is it surprising that children are not only ignorant of HOW THINGS REALLY WORK
Children learn from experience how things work - not only the laws of physics but the unwritten laws of their culture. Only time can cure their ignorance.
but, they don't have patience and an appetite for fact when they get to the schoolroom.
How much patience, and at what age? This does sound a little like our old expectations of children at the Kingdom Hall.
I'm remembering my own early schooldays. I remember sometimes, even in kindergarten, having to guess at what my teacher meant and guessing wrong. I remember the physically exhausting labor of writing my own name the first few hundred times. I remember ease and competence in some areas, and years of endless bewilderment in others.
I remember how much I detested history in school - and how bad I was at it - against how much I enjoy it now. American schoolchildren are notoriously bad at history, partly because American history textbooks are so damn boring.
And I remember visiting my daughter's 4th-grade classroom, 30 years later, and wondering how the hell they could stand it for five hours a day!
how many children get to begin life without being exposed to every kind of fantastic story
My son came pretty close: He did not start watching TV regularly until he was about 3, and I was not consistently reading him bedtime stories until after that. He was raised without Santa Claus, since we were JW's.
But he had a coterie of imaginary frogs for a few weeks when he was about 18 months old. Until the day when he thrashed about with a screwdriver all around him and announced, "Frogs quiet" - meaning dead. Fiction is as natural as speech itself.
When a Jehovah's Witness comes peddling a "better" fantasy that avoids Hell and provides a Paradise Solution to all life's problems---well, who wouldn't buy such a tale?
Misery and fear drive the acceptance of that particular fairy tale. If my life had felt happier or less precarious when the JW's had come by, I would never have fallen for it.