Wednesday, March 30, 2005

Astrology and horrorscope is still junk science

Astrology claims that our human characteristics are moulded by the influence of the Sun, Moon and planets at the time of our birth. Astrologers have for centuries claimed to be able to extract deep insights into the personality and destiny of people using nothing more than the details of the time and place of birth.

Here it appears to have been debunked once and for all and beyond doubt by the most thorough scientific study ever made into it, read the article from News.telegraph:

For several decades, researchers tracked more than 2,000 people - most of them born within minutes of each other. According to astrology, the subject should have had very similar traits.

The babies were originally recruited as part of a medical study begun in London in 1958 into how the circumstances of birth can affect future health. More than 2,000 babies born in early March that year were registered and their development monitored at regular intervals.

Researchers looked at more than 100 different characteristics, including occupation, anxiety levels, marital status, aggressiveness, sociability, IQ levels and ability in art, sport, mathematics and reading - all of which astrologers claim can be gauged from birth charts.

The scientists failed to find any evidence of similarities between the "time twins", however. They reported in the current issue of the Journal of Consciousness Studies: "The test conditions could hardly have been more conducive to success . . . but the results are uniformly negative."

Astrology tells a lot of "fact" about people using birth data. Few minute deviation may result in decisive difference in the horoscope. I think there’s a problem defining birth time in general, is it the first cry, cutting of an umbilical cord, is it when head comes out or something else?

In the article, Dr Dean said the results undermined the claims of astrologers, who typically work with birth data far less precise than that used in the study. They sometimes argue that times of birth just a minute apart can make all the difference by altering what they call the 'house cusps', he said. "But in their work, they are happy to take whatever time they can get from a client."

Astrology must make a choice, choosing science- then result is to weak according to all investigations, and you could also say the method, in one way or another, is not clear about measuring birth data exactly.

So my conclusion is - so far, that the only planet of importance to humanity is the earth, and nothing else. And the inconsistency of astrology has finally been proven. But it’s predictable, that the show will go on, obviously to many people wants to be deceived and to many people are making good money misleading other people.

Further reading:
Is astrology relevant to consciouness and psi?
Horoscopes under the microscope
Astrologers fail to predict proof they are wrong

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