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Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Astrology is crap

Here's a great Nature article about how astrology is crap. Not that we really needed a journal to tell us that, but it's a good reference for those pesky people who believe that garbage.

Some good excerpts:

I am pleased to report that, as Shawn Carlson has noted, "astrology failed to perform at a level better than chance" (Nature 318, 419–425; 1985). The results from my classes are: 8.0% (n = 163 students), 8.4% (n = 155), 7.0% (n = 143), 8.0% (n = 138) and 8.0% (n = 100). In other words, as John Maddox has commented "astrology is a pack of lies ... There is no evidence that the positions of the planets can affect human behaviour" (Nature 368, 185; 1994).


Finally, it is worth reporting that my students are so engaged by this exercise that they actually want to use Newton's law of universal gravitation to calculate force values. In case you are curious, Mars, at its present distance of 264 million kilometres from Earth, is exerting a force of approximately 50 nanonewtons on your being.

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3 Comments:

  • Pray Sir, how can we call something a pack of lies just because we do not have evidence to prove it. We can say it is not proven, no ?

    I myself do not believe in astrology. I do not think it makes sense given the knowledge I have about it. Plus, I do not have the time (or interest) in gaining enough knowledge about it to say whether it is correct or wrong. I just chose to not believe it for my sake.
    Did I miss something here ?

    By Anonymous Sridhar Vanka, at 3:14 AM, June 01, 2007  

  • Yeah it's crap but I wonder from where they took that information, I read almost everyday but just for curious it always it on something, how this could be possible ? :S

    By Anonymous viagra online, at 1:04 PM, May 02, 2011  

  • I agree with you astrology is garbage because people who believe in those things don't have any good to do, actually the men and women who say they can predict things all of then are fakers.

    By Anonymous viagra online, at 10:54 AM, May 05, 2011  

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