Friday, 28 January 2011

Astrology is bollocks

I am a great Fan of Dara O'Briain. He is not only funny, he is also a first class sceptic, quite vociferous about all sorts of woo. Unlike many celebrities he is not remotely taken in by this nonsense. In this clip he, together with Prof Brian Cox neatly rubbish the deluded practice of astrology.
The comments made at the end of the clip have incensed the stargazers who are organising a petition demanding an apology from the BBC for deprecating astrology, and insisting that in future it be dealt with in a "balanced" manner.
It is clear that these people do not understand the meaning of the word "balance"
A balance is not a device for intentionally indicating equal weight to both sides. It is a device to ascertain which side carries more weight.
In the argument in question astrology carries no evidential weight whatsoever, and the astrology debunkers have all the weight of evidence.
To say that astrology is rubbish is therefore a perfectly balanced view.
However I do not expect anyone witless enough to believe the utter shite that is astrology, to understand a word of what I have said.
Not only is astrology as a concept complete rubbish, astrologers are without exception either charlatans or mindless idiots.

1 comment:

  1. Ah, now you must be a Gemini, or a Pisces or a Sagitarius or something if you don't believe.