Astrology is NOT science!
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Quote:Astrology is NOT science!

I have come across a shockingly high number of reasonably educated and intelligent Indians who happen to buy into the belief that ‘astrology is a science’. This article hopes to show otherwise.
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Last night this was thrown at me again. I am tired of going over the same thing over and over again so from now on I would like to point people to this post and make life easier. You can believe whatever you want but don’t call your unjustified/unverified claim, science. Don’t tell children that its science.

The claim:

Lets begin with the central claim here.

“The alignment of planetary bodies can significantly influence human destiny.”

The very first thing we can say about this is that it is a non trivial claim.

It is a claim about physics, biology. All one needs to do is ask, Does it work? That is, do astrologers accurately and specifically predict human destiny from the alignment of the planets? No, they do not. Thus, the theory behind astrology is irrelevant, because astrology simply does not do what astrologers claim it can do.

So, if a person believes this claim to be true he is basically saying to the scientists of the world that they seem to have missed something so crucial to the nature of the universe, not just crucial, but something so inherently obvious that they with all their equations and instruments have missed But, the local astrologer/priest hasn’t!

So many types of astrology!


It is critical to understand that unlike kinematics, electromagnetism,thermodynamics,etc there is no universal astrology, each culture/civilization has had its own brand of astrology. There is Chinese astrology(Based upon sun-moon calendar , Mesoamerican astrology(many different versions,based upon sacrifice,different sun-moon calendars), Babylonian astrology (based upon the inspection of the liver of the sacrificial animal), Hellenistic astrology( based upon the constellations. This is the forerunner to the modern western astrology), Astrology in medieval Islam( based upon position of constellations visible from the desert), Hindu astrology( original based upon Vedic manuscript called Vedanga Jyotisha and the modern one is the the mixed system which is hybrid of Hellenistic and the old Vedic version)

Now its important to understand that they aren’t all same. the ‘predictions’ by these systems are mutually exclusive. In fact even predictions in the same system do not always have consistency.

Read the scientific researches on the subject, if you wanna:

In case you need to go through the scientific double blind tests done on the subject, good place to start is with the Carlson’s experiment. Although unnecessary,rest are you to dig up and read.

Astrophysicist Neil de Grasse Tyson asserted that “astrology was discredited 600 years ago with the birth of modern science”

Lets use the Simple common sense approach:


The common sense approach says, if it is true, that humanity has achieved such an insight into the nature of the universe, then why is it not taught in schools/colleges. I mean I remember studying the Nelson process, even though the chances of me actually using it to produce elemental sodium are close to zero, so why not teach students the ability to get an insight into the future by teaching them basics of this wonderful science. Why is it that, major corporations, major stock brokerages, etc spend millions and millions of dollars on stuff like market research, hire analysts when they can just have a team of top paid astrologers to tell them how the market will be in the future of how the customers will react to a product, etc.

Why aren’t scientific journals not taking astrology seriously?Why is it that NASA, ESA, ISRO,etc aren’t spending their money on astrology, instead of wasting all of it on astronomy?

Simple fact of the matter is, there have been countless researches on this and all of them show all of the fantastical claims made by astrology aren’t true. It is not science. Not one astrologer predicted the crash of a flight; not one astrologer predicted the 2004 tsunami(killing almost 2.5lac people),etc. Its just inconsistent, bullshit made by humans thousands of years ago. Astrology comes from a time when humanity know almost nothing about the universe and was riddled in superstitious hogwash.

Astrology has been around much longer than acupuncture; ghosts and demons have been around longer still. They are all relics of a time when Homo sapiens faced a world they had no hope of understanding.

If you believe in this, I hope this post has given you some pointers. No single article can change a persons mind. Rest of the research is for you to do, I cant do it for you. Embrace the magnificent reality of the universe. Instead of wasting precious time of your life on astrology, just spend minutes reading about astronomy(and see your jaw drop!).

Thanks for reading. I hope the tone of the article wasn’t condescending; it wasn’t the intention, just my poor written expression.

Interesting media on the subject:

Carl Sagan – One of the greatest astrophysicist on astronomy:






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What kinda Pseudo-shit is this ????... Now just after RK's death, such article will try to claim and project this pseudo-shit of astrology as a science, an art and a good advertising platform. And no doubt, after reading such articles many many gullible people would be tempted to and would actually consult such harbinger's of irrationality...

Kaka’s superhit Master No. 11
Astro-numerologist Anupam V Kapil reveals the ‘secret talk’ that Kaka had with him in 2003


Born Jatin Khanna, India’s first superstar, a ‘phenomenon’ who enjoyed Godlike status, Rajesh Khanna lives on in the hearts of his fans as no other actor did. But why India’s first and only superstar suddenly disappeared can only be answered best by his birth chart and numbers. In fact, he revealed to me in 2003, when we met in Pune , that when his Saturn cycle commenced in 1974, it hit him quite badly and from which, according to him, he could never recover. He wanted to understand why that was so. And now when he is no more, again it was his last patch of sade satti which was to end in September 2012, which he had revealed to me would be his last.
In fact, his journey to stardom was guaranteed when he changed his name from Jatin to Rajesh Khanna, which brought in the kabala vibration of 36, which is symbolized as ‘The Sceptre’, which guarantees great rewards and a good harvest from creative faculties. Born on the 29th (2+9 = 11), a master number in numerology, his unreduced birth date 29.12.1942 = 29+12+1942 = 29+12+16 = 57, he also died on 18.7.2011 = 18+ 7+4=29, which is the same as his birth date! His Mars dasha between 1969 and 1976 ensured hits.
The numbers 2 and 7 followed him throughout his career and gave some of his best ever hits. Shooting to super fame with Aradhana (adds to 20), under producer Shakti Samanta, born on 19.1.1926, 19+1+18=38 =11, whose number vibrated with Khanna’s master number 11, gave the actor his greatest hits in 1971, in his 29th year (adds to 11), like Kati Patang, Haathi Mere Saathi, and Anand, whereas the character Anand (adds to 16=7). He played a cancer patient who retained his sense of humour in the face of adversity, and in real life too, he died of cancer, refusing to meet Amitabh Bachchan (Babumoshai in Anand), also a master number born on the 11th, in the hospital in his last days.
Laxmikant, who with Pyarelal gave him musical hits, was born on 3.11.1937, adds to 3+11+ 20=34=7. Rahul Dev Burman also adds up to 52=7. The songs which immortalized him were the first date song, Mere Sapno Ki Rani (52=7), the courtship song (O Mere Dil Ke Chain=56=11), intense love (Humein Tumse Pyaar Kitna=11), foreplay (Roop Tera Mastana=11). His record of 16 (=7) consecutive jubilee hits is still unbroken.
He married Dimple (kabala name adds up to 43=7) at the height of his popularity in 1973 (=20=2). What led to his downfall? It was retro Shani in the 10th house, which, as in Napoleon’s chart, caused ‘inflexibility’, and his Leo Moon and Ascendant, which lead to a royal lifestyle. But Rahu with Moon in the ascendant doomed him, and liquor ensured Shani’d finish him.
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@Ajax
Unbelievable bullshit!
The thing with numerology is that most of its adherents are people who can hardly count.

Highly recommended book on the subject Innumeracy: Mathematical Illiteracy and Its Consequences - John Allen Paulos
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Nice post.

Of course astrology is BS. But how do you explain that to your crazy uncle who does not have a college degree. I tried really hard to do just that during a recent family get-together and failed miserably. He makes all his business decisions after consultations with an astrologer. Needless to say he is not very successful. When I pointed that out to him as the evidence of astrology not working he had the perfect response. When he went back to the astrologer he was told that it was in his destiny to fail in that particular business venture but that when some astrological event (Something like Sukhran or Shani doing something) passes his future business investments will turn out well.

Though I want to change the minds of such people in their lifetime, sadly I may just have to wait out that generation.
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(28-Aug-2012, 08:59 AM)Captain Mandrake Wrote: Nice post.

Of course astrology is BS. But how do you explain that to your crazy uncle who does not have a college degree. I tried really hard to do just that during a recent family get-together and failed miserably. He makes all his business decisions after consultations with an astrologer. Needless to say he is not very successful. When I pointed that out to him as the evidence of astrology not working he had the perfect response. When he went back to the astrologer he was told that it was in his destiny to fail in that particular business venture but that when some astrological event (Something like Sukhran or Shani doing something) passes his future business investments will turn out well.

Though I want to change the minds of such people in their lifetime, sadly I may just have to wait out that generation.

I know exactly what you are talking about. My extended family is full of people like that. Unfortunately I don't have an answer as to what we can say to these people. I too have tried having rational discussions about this but failed as most of them aren't ready to listen/research/read/change. They have made up their minds and are passing on this madness to their children.
Trust me, your uncle being without a college degree hardly makes a difference. I have seen highly 'educated' people do all kinds of bullshit. This is why the section which deals with mumbo jumbo magic bullshit on my blog is labeled as 'virus of the mind'. smile

Some magic ideas can be made infinitely elastic and unfalsifiable. Astrology is really good at this. Your idea about waiting out the generation is exactly what I have decided to do. I realized that some people are just hopeless cases and discussing things about freethought and religious mumbo jumbo will never change their minds but will instead just spoil the relationship. As they may take a normal discussion in the wrong way. So forget out the deluded adults and instead save the children. Sow the seeds of common sense, critical thinking and doubt in them. Biggrin

This article was written so that my deluded relatives really think about the widespread misconception among them that Astrology is Science! Face Palm
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See my blog on what I think about astrology.
http://shitijbagga.wordpress.com/2012/11...astrology/

One doesn't even have to invoke science in order to show that astrology does not make sense. You can simply ponder the matter over and look at life to see why it is demeaning to even consider astrology as real at all.
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