Monday, November 05, 2007

Reference: Star powered professor, Bangkok Post, November 4, 2007

Astrological predictions are a hit and miss affair with mostly misses but it is the rare hit that grabs our attention and legitimizes the practice. The global astrological outlook for 2001 contained no hint of 911 but instead predicted a huge natural calamity, the likes of the 2004 tsunami, which incidentally was missing from the 2004 outlook. Instead of the tsunami, the 2004 forecast incorrectly predicted that Tony Blair and the Labour Party would fall that year. Comprehensive statistical analyses of past astrological forecasts do not show that they contain any useful information.

According to astrologers, who we are and how our lives evolve as individuals depend on our astrological chart determined by the internal organization of the solar system at the moment of our birth. Assuming that people born in the same five-minute period will have identical charts, they should have more or less identical personalities with identical lives. A large scale survey was undertaken to test this hypothesis and it did not find any similarity within these groups.

Cha-am Jamal

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