Arguments for Astrology
Truth is, arguing with most folks who call themselves “skeptics” is a complete and total waste of time. I’ve only met two or three worthy of the name “skeptic” in the first place. To me, a skeptic is someone who does not believe everything they are told at face value. They want facts, evidence and good arguments, before they make up their minds. Most of the folks we deal with on usenet forums and in the media are not skeptics. They are often people with poor self-esteem who feel the need to find someone to look down on, so they can feed their egos. They think astrology is an easy target, because it seems on the face of it silly, especially when you have never seen anything more complex than the newspaper horoscope.
Most skeptics overlook is the fact that astrology provides a stable frame of reference, a model for understanding the human psyche in terms of the cyclical pattern of human development. Astrologers understand that there are limits to this model, as there are to any model that hopes to reflect the human condition. Human beings are too complex to be totally contained by any conceptual model they can envision. C.G. Jung based a great deal of his model of psychology on his understanding of astrology, synchronicity, mythology and the symbolism of dreams. Sigmund Freud, while originally skeptical, and dubious of many of his pupil’s ideas, eventually studied and accepted many of the tenets of astrology himself. These ideas are reflected in the fourfold nature of psychology (The four personality types, which correspond to the four elements of astrology). It is well known that there are certain stages of life that affect all human beings.
We have names for these stages that are universally accepted: The Terrible Two’s, Adolescence, Thirty Something, Middle Age, Midlife Crisis, etc. That these cycles correspond to planetary cycles is a noted fact of astrology. That these cycles correspond to the traditional meaning assigned these planets is also well known. If astrology provides nothing more than a framework for better understanding such cycles, then the endeavor to study astrology is meaningful, regardless of it’s application to such pursuits as fortune telling. We don’t know whether the planets govern our growth, or if we chose a pattern to reflect that growth: all we know is that the correlation exists, and we can make use of it, and grow by studying it.
HOGWASH, SNAKE OIL & OTHER DUBIOUS “SCIENTIFIC” HOCUM:
This collection of stories merely illustrates that “scientists” are not gods, they are fully human beings with fallacies, stupidity, greed, and bias, no matter what their claims to the contrary.
“Bad Blood” by James H Jones, The Free Press, 1981. A documentary of the Tuskegee Experiment where scientists observed the unchecked effects of syphilis on over 400 black men for over 40 years, from 1932 to 1972. No attempt was made to provide treatment, or even to inform the uneducated sharecroppers that they had the debilitating and often fatal venereal disease. They were permitted to carry on as usual with no education on how the disease was spread. Their incentive consisted of free medical care, and a paid burial.
American Society Clinical Oncology Convention – Dallas Dr. Bernard Fisher delayed public notification of misconduct involving falsified patient records in a breast cancer study Camera crews barred from the exhibit halls. Andrew Holtz CNN – May 15 1994 10:49 p.m.
According to a report on CNN March 17 1995:
In New York City, 1 in 27 patients will be injured as a direct result of hospital visits. 1 in 4 of those injuries will be directly caused by negligence. The study was brought out as background for a story reporting the negligence of a hospitals that mistakenly amputated a wrong foot in one case, a wrong breast in another, and a death in a case where a patient was mistakenly taken off a ventilator.
Arguments by Valerie Vaughan – I was tickled by these arguments published in The Mountain Astrologer: