Why do nonbelievers care what believers think?!

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Astrology, Time Twins and Serial Killers

[Excerpt from Quirkology: How We Discover the Big Truths in Small Things, Richard Wiseman, Ph.D., 2007]

 

Time twins?  Oh really?

According to the claims of astrologers, the position of the planets at a person’s moment of birth predicts his or her personality and the key events in that person’s life.  If this is true, people born at the same moment, and in the same place, should be almost identical to one another.  In fact, they should… be “time twins.” Continue reading

Believing in astrology makes you become like your star sign

[Excerpt from: Quirkology: How We Discover the Big Truths in Small Things, Richard Wiseman, Ph.D., 2007]

Hans Eysenck was arguably one of the most influential thinkers of the twentieth century, and at the time of his death in 1997 he was the living psychologist most frequently cited in scientific journals and magazines… He is… perhaps best known for his work on the analysis of human personality, and he developed some of the most widely used personality questionnaires in modern-day psychology…

Eysenck teamed up with a respected British astrologer named Jeff Mayo.  A few years before, Mayo had founded the Mayo School of Astrology and rapidly gained a large international following of students.  About 2,000 of Mayo’s clients and students were asked to report their birth dates and to complete the Eysenck Personality Inventory… Continue reading

6 Physicists Speak on Quantum Quackery

Murray Gell-Mann, CalTech physicist, winner of the Nobel Prize in Physics for introducing quarks.

Quantum Mechanics and Flapdoodle: [C]ertain writers have claimed acceptability in quantum mechanics for alleged “paranormal” phenomena like precognition, in which the results of chance processes are supposed to be known in advance to “psychic” individuals. Continue reading