Astrology. Classic woo. Not much to say about it other than the fact that for some very strange reason a lot of people still believe in it, at least a little. Maybe it’s because almost every newspaper in the country still has an astrology column. I don’t know. For the sake of my students, several years ago I wrote a little analysis on astrology and why it’s utter bullshit. You can find it here. To be blunt, no one should put any stock in astrology.
Today I stumbled across an explanation of why astrology is to be ignored, but from a completely different perspective, namely that of the fundamentalist Christian nut-job. This delicious bit of woo reaches essentially the same conclusion (ignore astrology) but does so in a most bizarre fashion. The basic argument is that the purpose of astrology is to gain knowledge of the future. According to the author, god and the bible declare that information to be off limits for humans. Consequently, “good Christians” should not make use of astrology. The argument has nothing to do with the efficacy of astrology or its supposed mechanism. In other words, even if it works, you shouldn’t do it because it will upset god’s plan. Interesting logic, eh?
See? Who says science and religion can’t agree on some things?