Researchers prove Astrology is complete rubbish, piss off Astrologers world-wide.

You’d think something like the following would be the proverbial stake-in-the-heart that kills something as silly as belief in Astrology, but like most silly beliefs it’ll continue on regardless.

Telegraph | News | Astrologers fail to predict proof they are wrong

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.”

Analysis of the research was carried out by Geoffrey Dean, a scientist and former astrologer based in Perth, Australia, and Ivan Kelly, a psychologist at the University of Saskatchewan, Canada.

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.”

The findings caused alarm and anger in astrological circles yesterday. Roy Gillett, the president of the Astrological Association of Great Britain, said the study’s findings should be treated “with extreme caution” and accused Dr Dean of seeking to “discredit astrology”.

Dr. Dean doesn’t have to discredit astrology as the facts of the study do that on their own. Not that it should take such a detailed study to convince people that Astrology is phonier than a wooden nickle. Go to two different Astrologers and have them analyze you and you’ll get two different results.

The astrologers, however, have good reason to be alarmed. Astrology as a business rakes in millions of dollars every year and belief in this claptrap has been growing along with belief in other forms of pseudo-science. It probably doesn’t help that Dr. Dean is a former astrologer himself and as such is viewed as something of a traitor to the cause. So people will go on believing this nonsense and the astrologers will continue to rake in the cash by peddling platitudes.

58 thoughts on “Researchers prove Astrology is complete rubbish, piss off Astrologers world-wide.

  1. I don’t really get astrology. And believe me I understand fantasies and escapism very well. I get wanting to believe there’s a point to everything and often it feels like scientists try to say, “nope. The universe sucks ass and doesn’t give a crap so cells evolved to stick together to escape its bull bullcrap and fused into independent creatures only for said creatures to evolve into a race of monkeys who are all slaves to each other, most of whom don’t even see the slavery.” So hell. I believe in magic, psychic powers and all sorts of things, I try to develop them in myself because one tiny sliver of hope that I don’t have to be chained to others is worth all the wasted time. But ASTROLOGY JUST CHAINS US TO GIANT HUNKS OF ROCK TOO! Why would you want to believe in stuff that just makes you more of a slave? Hell the idea of astrology pretty much eliminates free will as a possibility.

  2. Astrology is real fake .Astrologers should be branded in par with notorious criminals & put behind bars for spreading superstation.

  3. Sounds like to me every body in the world intelligent or dumb as a box of rocks are simply fuckin crazy

  4. Astrology is really fake.Astrology was made to earn money and fool people. Astrology is not harmless fun.If you confirm about it then it will effect in your life and your behaviour.I have wasted so much time in it.

  5. Astrology is “real”. All you have to do is learn about the 3 twins separated at birth. They were identical in almost every way even being brought up in different homes. It was a sick experiment but it proves we are born with certain traits at a point in time when we are born and free will does not exist.

  6. For anyone that believes in astrology, I lose respect for you as a person. If you are actually going to try looking at someone for the excruciatingly broad traits that some corporate scumbags have slapped onto their date of birth rather than actually looking at the person for who they are and seeing their actual personality for what it is, then you deserve to get criticism for your actions.
    I’ve had someone come up to me and tell me, “What’s your zodiac sign? Ohh, see, I shouldn’t be friends with you because I want to be with someone that isn’t dull, traditional, and stubborn, if you catch my drift. I want someone who’s open minded and can relate to my artistic personality.” I am an extremely open minded, imaginative, unconventional, and artistic person. Not only was I the most artistic student in that room but I even got awarded by my college for my original art style and unique imagination with my story lines with a $120,000 scholarship. The fact that you can just characterize someone without even getting to know them will cause you to falsely label others and to miss out on the chance to find someone that you are actually looking for. For instance, let’s say you say that you can’t be friends with someone because their sign says that they are two faced, even though they are actually very loyal and honest. However, you come up to someone else and you say that you can be friends with that person since you found out that their sign says they are honest and loyal, even though that person is actually a backstabber and has manipulated many of their friends. Because of this, you would have became friends with someone that actually wasn’t what you were hoping for and would have lost the chance to be friends with someone that would have been loyal and honest to you. Another incident like this happened where, after asking what my sign was, this guy told me, “People with that sign are lazy and eat a lot.” I literally have almost went to the hospital for my anorexia and have suffered a lot of consequences from how much I’ve starved myself. I also have worked by butt off keeping straight A’s, earning scholarships, practicing for cross country, marching band, concert band, and track, working with my animals for 4-H and FFA, and getting ready for college, so the fact that you could just call me lazy and someone that eats a lot without actually knowing me is just down right wrong. Yet, zodiac signs weren’t just inaccurate for me. Another example of having an inaccurate sign included my Aunt’s sign. I know for a fact that my Aunt is a very sensitive person, yet, her sign says she’s insensitive. If someone were to ask what her sign was and say, “I don’t want to be with someone who’s insensitive,” they wouldn’t even get the chance to realize that she’s actually an extremely sensitive person. Unfortchantly though, Zodiac isn’t the only one to do this. People also use nose shapes, face shapes, and body shapes to determine what people’s personalities are. For example, one of the sites I’ve seen about body shapes describes people who are overweight as “slow minded and slow to react,” while thin people are “sharp and quick witted.” I have many friends that are overweight who are far from slow minded and react quite quickly to things and some thin friends that are not sharp minded at all, so I know for a fact that this also isn’t true.
    If someone is going to come up to you and say something like, “Oh, you were born on that day, I don’t want to be friends with backstabbers,” or “Well you have this body shape so I don’t think this will work out because I want to be with someone that’s smart,” like those guys did to me, then you deserve better friends than that and should be thankful that you didn’t get stuck with someone who’s shallow enough to have labeled people based on something that just slams a bunch of broad traits to attempt to characterize anyone born on that day or anyone with that physical feature and convince people that anyone born on that day or with that appearance is that way, even when that entirely isn’t true.
    It’s sad how many people use things like zodiac to characterize others and that corporations get millions of dollars from it. I understand that people have a natural urge to categorize and stereotype others in order to feel a sense of belonging by relating to those being categorized the same as them, but zodiac isn’t the way to do that. If you want to categorize yourself, you should find out your actually personality type by taking a professional personality quiz, not by looking at what your date of birth or nose shape or body shape says you are, because those are just broad personality traits being put onto any date of birth or physical feature or whatever at random. Even if yours is accurate for you, that doesn’t mean that it is going to be accurate for others, because the reason that you identified with yours is because of the fact that the traits are extremely broad and you happened to represent the random traits they threw onto there, yet, no matter how broad something tries to make a description like this be, it can’t relate to anyone. Not everyone who is born in April will be conventional, lazy, and dull just like the fact that not everyone who is born in December is insensitive. Instead of characterizing people based on their date of birth, nose shape, body shape, etc, we should characterize people based on their actually personality, such as by whether they are introverted or extroverted, to see whether that person is talkative and boisterous or more low key, sensory or intuitive, to see whether that person is non reflective or intellectually abstract and creatively contemplative, feeling or thinking, to see whether that person is emotional and sensitive or tepid, or judging or perceiving, to see whether that person is formal and systemic or casual enough to be free spirited and overturn their general manner on a frequent basis, since those traits are actual traits that you can see in someone and are determined by looking at the person themselves, not by what their date of birth has to say. Unfortunately, this actual personality system gets far more hatred than zodiac, using body shapes, using nose shapes, and using face shapes to determine people’s personalities combined, as well as far less credit and recognition. People constantly say that traits like introversion and extroversion and feeling and thinking aren’t real and are awful, yet, very little people go against the sites like zodiac that don’t even look at someone for who they are to determine their personality. Sadder yet, Zodiac hasn’t just caused people to falsely label others, but to even diagnose what mental disorders they have based on their date of birth, causing lots of people to turn to zodiac for concerns about their mental health rather than actual mental health professionals. OMFG, it just gets worse and worse. This shouldn’t be seen as just wrong, this should be seen as a fucking crime. Zodiac has no right to be diagnosing people’s mental disorders. If you have concerns about your mental health, zodiac is the last place to go. Involving zodiac in mental health is not only stupid, but can be very dangerous by causing people to think they are psychopaths, which has happened a lot recently, or to think they don’t have a mental disorder that they might actually have and instead to think that they have some other mental disorder and try to get treatment for that.
    In conclusion, Les Jankins, I just want to say thank you. I’m glad I’m not the only one who realizes that you shouldn’t characterize people by factors that don’t determine your personality or anything about you whatsoever. Using zodiac to determine someone’s personality, cognitive functions, future partners, and mental health and is down right awful. If only there were more open minded people out there like you that were willing to question corporate scams like this and to see people for who they actually are instead of for what zodiac has to say about them. Unfortunately, sites like zodiac only seem to be getting more popular. Hopefully, there will be a time and age where people realize that getting to know someone should never be based on what their zodiac sign says, and that if you actually want to get to know someone, just open your eyes and take look at them. I’m glad your bringing awareness to this terrible situation and hopefully more people will fight against this catastrophe of a personality system and bring it to an end once and for all.

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