Richard Saunders vs. Astrology

If you’ve been reading this blog and any other astronomy or physics-related article sites, you know the truth about Astrology: the force exerted by the planets in our solar system is smaller than that produced by your furniture, by your neighbors, by orbiting satellites and by skyscrapers in the city nearby.

If that force truly affects your mood or character, then you should be going totally berserk every time your computer reboots, or when you sit in the movies among a few dozen people. Their mass affects you much more than remote planets, that’s for sure.

I’ve been planning to write a full blown analysis of astrology for SmarterThanThat with some actual calculations (because I know how much you all like calculations!) but the subject was discussed ad nauseam all over the net already. A SmarterThanThat analysis (and, possibly, an experiment) will come in the near future, but for now, if you wish to learn more about astrology and its premises, here’s a good place to start.

But apparently, people like believing in astrology – it’s vague assessments are comforting. And it can be fun, in a useless kinda way.

But if you’re still under the impression that astrology has some merit to it, maybe you should watch this video where Richard Saunders (Australian Skeptics, Skeptic Zone podcast, and more) brings the astrologer back to Earth and away from fantasy. Far away. Welcome to reality, Astrology.

I wonder if the astrologer would take on Richard’s invitation. That would make for an interesting (though, I suspect, quite predictable) experiment. I have a feeling that Richard would keep us all updated if this happens.

Don’t hold your breath.

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Car Equalizers

well, i do believe in astrology and horoscope is the first part of the magazine that i always check *`,

Connor Bell
Connor Bell

i read a lot of atrology stuffs on the internet because i believe so much in astrology*;;

Maryam Kaur
Maryam Kaur

Astrology sometimes do work and it can also predict the personality of a person.'`:


  1. […] * Phil Plait, “The Bad Astronomer”, has a great analysis of Astrology that goes over all the above, and more, as does the skeptic dictionary and the Astronomical Society of the Pacific among many, many others. You can also watch Australian Skeptics’ Richard Saunders brief live argument with an Astrologer. […]


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