Great post Martin. Your really changed my view on this whole astrology thing quite a bit since our last back and forth on the topic. Of course I do not accept it as science on a par with physics or astronomy but at least I am willing to consider the “scientific basis” of the technique and allow that it may have had some predictive power for the ancients. I highly doubt it has any for us today though as I think now I struggle to justify why I feel that way so strongly. In any event I am willing to consider evidence for or against it and previous to your posts on the topic I would not even go that far. My mind was completely closed. I even found myself challenging a scientist friend the other day when the topic came up in discussion. We had an enjoyable back and forth and maybe I even opened her mind a crack.

To focus on the writing part this piece was rock solid. Concise, on point, short(ish), and enjoyable to read. Your admiration for Dr. Tyson came through loud and clear even as you took him to task for his close mindedness on the issue. That is tough to do and you nailed it. What else can I say but well done. Keep up the excellent work as usual.


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