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Blackout Fallout, Astrology Sucks

:: Some interesting NYC bits from the recent Blackout of 2003.

    Amy Langfield describes being “On the last car of the Q Train between DeKalb and Atlantic” when the power went down last Thursday. Read as people fuss over a seven-month pregnant woman, who is eventually helped off the car by the NYPD as a couple of men yell, “I’m pregnant”, and “Me, too!”, in hopes of being helped off the subway car in advance of the other passengers.

    Farai Chideya, founder of Pop and Politics, initially thought she was responsible for bringing down the power grid in NYC by turning on her AC, and describes the “Top Ten Things to Do in a Blackout

    NYC bloggers Jenny and Fiona describe their lives at 4:11 pm on Thursday, Aug 14, in NYC, and what happened to them later that day.

:: Astrology has been debunked, according to a study published in the v10, n6-7, June-July 2003 issue of Journal of Consciousness Studies, a peer-reviewed journal published by Imprint Academic in the UK. The authors of “Is Astrology Relevant to Consciousness and Psi? “, Geoffrey Dean and Ivan W Kelly, concluded the following:

    Our concern in this article has been to measure the performance of astrology and astrologers. A large-scale test of time twins involving more than one hundred cognitive, behavioural, physical and other variables found no hint of support for the claims of astrology. Consequently, if astrologers could perform better than chance, this might support their claim that reading specifics from birth charts depends on psychic ability and a transcendent reality related to consciousness. But tests incomparably more powerful than those available to the ancients have failed to find effect sizes beyond those due to non-astrological factors such as statistical artifacts and inferential biases. The possibility that astrology might be relevant to consciousness and psi is not denied, but if psychic or spirit influences exist in astrology, they would seem to be very weak or very rare. Support for psychic claims seems unlikely.

Well, duh. The only astrologer who knows what he’s talking about is Lloyd Schumner Sr., anyway. Right? I would, however, like to experience some transcendent reality from time to time.

One Response to “Blackout Fallout, Astrology Sucks”

  1. Claire Says:

    “The only astrologer who knows what he’s talking about is Lloyd Schumner Sr., anyway”- damn straight. Thanks for the return of my jacket. I figured if I’d forgotten anything it would be that.

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