Scientists Behind New Zodiac Signs Think You're Stupid

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zodiac signsThe new zodiac sign dates have had us all acting like we've been moved into the Cancer realm and turned into permanent crabs. But don't bother reading your horoscope today, we're about to make you really crabby about the new astrological dates. It turns out the people at the Minnesota Planetarium Society, the scientists responsible for this whole astrological mess, don't believe a word they're saying.

It's a report from the astronomers in Minnesota that's been given credit for the major zodiac sign changes that had parents panicking and divorce papers drafted yesterday. But take one look at the society's website, and the only nod to the report is a link to the news story that started the whole hullabaloo. And then there's this:

A link directing you to visit the site of Phil Plait, the Bad Astronomer, taking on astrology. It's directly underneath the note about the zodiac report, so it must be something that will shed a little light, right? Make the Scorpios feel better about being Libras, and so on?

Not at all. Plait is a real astronomer. And as such, he thinks that astrology, zodiac signs, and horoscopes are a teeming pile of horse manure. Just check out his initial disclaimer on the site:

Before I even start, a note: this page is my attempt to show that astrology has no basis in reality whatsoever. Ironically, the Google ads on the right hand side of this page will invariably advertise astrological websites, because Google looks for keywords in a page and serves up "appropriate" ads. It's impossible for me to filter out the swarming mass of astrology ads, so you have my permission to look at them and chuckle.

And what about this indictment of everything that went on yesterday?

There is harm, real harm, in astrology. It weakens further people's ability to rationally look at the world, an ability we need now more than ever.

This is what the people who got us all worked up yesterday want us to read? That they don't put one iota of faith in it? Looks like we all just got played ... and played right into their hands.

Hey, I've always been a bit of a "skeptic" about the zodiac. I don't read my horoscope faithfully. I don't even know the "traits" of folks outside of my own family. But when I read the word "astronomer" associated with the report yesterday, as opposed to just plain old "astrologist," I can't be the only one who stood up and listened. Astronomers, after all, are real scientists. If they're talking about this, it has to be real. Right? Right?

But the worldwide frenzy that cropped up yesterday just proved Phil Plait right: we didn't look rationally at the world yesterday. We saw the word "science," and we jumped. Unfortunately, we forgot to read what the scientists were really saying.

Does this make you feel like you've been played or like you were overreacting?

 

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nonmember avatar Tracy

This article couldn't be more true in my opinion. I don't judge my day by what my hororscope says or even read it that often. But when I do I take it w/a grain of salt. (& maybe a margarita!)

nonmember avatar Marlee Yunger

i hate it, I was born a libra, im staying that way!

nonmember avatar Nick Holden

Sorry, you got everything wrong :( This all started with an article in the Minneapolis Star Tribune. They interviewed an astronomer, Parke Kunkle. They then, misinterpreted what he said and skewed everything.
Please try a bit of fact checking, or... research. Here's a link to the article that started all this nonsense.
http://www.startribune.com/lifestyle/style/113100139.html

nonmember avatar Raven

They never said they believed in astrology. They said that over time the position of the sun & stars relative to the Earth has changed. Which is an astronomical truth. It may have implications for astrology, but in and of itself it is scientific fact.

On top of which, it doesn't actually make a difference on your sign unless you adhere to the Eastern zodiac, in which case you probably already knew about this. http://news.blogs.cnn.com/2011/01/13/no-your-zodiac-sign-hasnt-changed/

jeann... jeannesager

@Nick Holden, Mr. Kunkle works for the Minnesota Planetarium.

nonmember avatar Heather

I was pretty much like, "Whaa?"
I didn't even know this had happened.
Some people were saying it was true, some people were saying it only applied to those born after 2009 or 2011...

Proud... ProudSingleMum

You know what I find interesting? I don't know a single person who believes their horoscope will come true...but, almost everyone I know, most definitely fits into the description of their sign. And it's not like they were raised to think this is they type of person they had to be. The grew up, developed a personality, and it matched with the description of their sign. So...may be the scientists can explain that one...

Ashley June

I think THIS article is flat out stupid. It makes sense that our signs have changed. The earth, the sun, the moon and the stars have all changed. What I dont understand is why everyone bases everyday life on this crap.

Randall Talvik

@ ProudSingleMom Horoscopes are so general and the traits are so general it can be easily applied to anyone. People want to find similarities in their sign and themselves and will believe everything they have read about their horoscopes and traits. I know people who match their signs traits and people who have no fitting at all. But we dismiss the ones that don't and only focus on the ones that do. It's all Psychological. If your wondering of my credentials I am a Meteorologist with some Psychology and astronomy classes under my belt.

Adrian Ross

False. Learn how it works from an actual astrologer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r_iyRhbAiHU&feature=player_embedded

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