Why do people believe in horoscopes?

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Why do people believe in horoscopes?
« on: 05/06/2009 21:30:02 »
Claudia Bullion  asked the Naked Scientists:
   Hi guys:
I've been listening to your podcast from Barcelona for the past couple of years and I love it, you're definitely on my top 3 list,

I have a question:

I don't believe in horoscopes and such things and when people ask me what is my star or my zodiac sign I always answer that the horoscopes doesn't apply to me because I was born in Argentina. I usually got puzzled looks and what I mean is that as we can see different stars and constellations in the southern hemisphere and that the "logic" behind the horoscope is that the stars above you in the time you were born will mark your destiny, surely then people that was born under different stars and constellations should have different stars signs that are not yet on the list with the official 12 signs.

Is this accurate? Should I say that I'm a "southern cross" sign instead of a Virgo? (I was born in September) or, as with the seasons should I have the exact opposite whatever that is?

Or, instead of confronting people with the absurdity of the horoscopes, should I tell them that the gravitational pull of the nurse nearby caused more impact in their destiny?

I apologise for my English as this is not my first language and thank you very much in advance!!

keep on the great work

Claudia B.

What do you think?

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« Reply #1 on: 06/06/2009 12:19:14 »
I think the whole thing is absolute poppy-cock.

According to astrology there should be 12 types of people with of the 12 groups having the same thing happening to them. I have yet to meet two people who are the same as each other. Friends of mine who are identical twins are different characters! How does astrology explain that!
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« Reply #2 on: 06/06/2009 12:20:15 »
It's horoble.

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« Reply #3 on: 06/06/2009 12:39:12 »
They are nearly as bad as cancer!

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« Reply #4 on: 06/06/2009 16:41:33 »
They are nearly as bad as cancer!

Oh no!!!! Libraate me from the House of the Rising Pun!!!
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« Reply #5 on: 07/06/2009 00:28:33 »
Never! I'll tear you into Pisces.

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« Reply #6 on: 07/06/2009 12:40:37 »
You'll never Taurus to Pisces. (You missed that one).
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« Reply #7 on: 07/06/2009 12:42:12 »
Can sir (Cancer) please refrain from violence.
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« Reply #8 on: 07/06/2009 20:21:20 »
Just in the way for leo the lion
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« Reply #9 on: 09/06/2009 06:52:25 »
You really need to stop living up there with those fAries.

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« Reply #10 on: 09/06/2009 08:17:25 »
Oh look, virgo the faries again, running up the field; are they going to scorpio again?
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« Reply #11 on: 09/06/2009 08:19:25 »
What!? Huh? What is it actually meant to be saying?

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« Reply #12 on: 09/06/2009 08:33:25 »
Oh look, virgo (there go) the faries (fairies) again, running up the field; are they going to scorpio (score) again?
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« Reply #13 on: 09/06/2009 08:57:57 »
It's so hard when you've only got 12 random words to use. [:)]

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« Reply #14 on: 09/06/2009 13:48:41 »
Well if you had a saggy teary arse you'd be OK.
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« Reply #15 on: 10/06/2009 06:31:09 »
Huh? What did you call me?

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« Reply #16 on: 10/06/2009 09:11:27 »
Saggy teary arse.... (Sagittarius) ...... Come admit it, that's not bad! not as bad as the thickening of my podiatry skin while on holiday on an Italian Island.... Capricorn!
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« Reply #17 on: 10/06/2009 10:01:08 »
Saggy teary arse.... (Sagittarius) ...... Come admit it, that's not bad!
Oh, indeed.
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« Reply #18 on: 17/07/2009 15:47:14 »
I think they are entertained by the predictions. Those who believe it maybe have some frustrations in life.
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« Reply #19 on: 20/07/2009 08:39:52 »
An awful lot if disappointments too, I should think.
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« Reply #21 on: 30/08/2009 08:32:54 »
Even if you really wanted to ascribe to horoscopes, they are derived from the azimuth of the sun as related to constellations visible in egypt/middle east 2000 years ago; so unless you were born in that area, at that time, for the sun to rise in your particular constellation and give you the blessing, astrology doesn't work even inside its own rules.

I predict you will do more research on this, and I don't even know your sign

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« Reply #22 on: 15/12/2010 02:50:50 »
The subject of astrology & horoscopes has intrigued people for generations upon generations.
Compatibility horoscope guidelines many problem of human life, That's proved by modern science. Love relation is that example.

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« Reply #23 on: 15/12/2010 03:05:04 »
Hrscpuk101 provides an appropriately incoherent finish to a more than one year old thread.

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« Reply #24 on: 15/12/2010 05:58:39 »
Hrscpuk101 provides an appropriately incoherent finish to a more than one year old thread.

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« Reply #25 on: 15/12/2010 13:02:12 »
Purple Monkey Dishwasher?  Is that from the Zero Punctuation review of Red Dead Redemption?

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« Reply #26 on: 15/12/2010 13:06:28 »
I think it was first from the Simpsons back in the '90s: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=acRnigpauiE

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« Reply #27 on: 15/12/2010 13:15:18 »
Ah, I see.  I did wonder where that originated...

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« Reply #28 on: 28/12/2010 00:53:45 »
I don't believe in astrology either but see my post about the credibility of  R i c h a r d  T a r n a s  posted today. He is a Harvard professor who has spent thirty years researching this and in a book over 500 pages makes a case for astrology against, as he says, all his better instincts as he used to be a sceptic too. He has a very high academic reputation and I would like to know what a professional astronomer thinks of his book. the review on Amazon aren't much help because  the most favourable ones come from new Age types who don't have much scientific background.
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