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Astrology: What's the Harm?

Introduction

I’ve very rarely covered astrology on this blog (~5% of posts get tagged with it), mostly because there’s very little to say about it beyond the standard, “It doesn’t work!”, “There’s no physical reason why it should work,” and “Different astrology systems around the world conflict with each other but claim similar results, therefore it’s standard ‘psychic’ cold reading.” 1,161 more words

Astronomy

If Oprah's so smart, why does she promote "irrational" ideas?

A person on twitter recently implied that the extremely high IQ I estimated for Oprah was inconsistent with some of the irrational ideas she seems to believe. 1,461 more words

sequence over editions

I am moving towards the notion of making a ‘sequence’ of books because I really don’t understand the whole business around proofs and editions. Nor do I want to have anything to do with the stuff of the artist realm. 60 more words

On the Nymphs

“But the nymph continues to operate in our psyches. When we make magic of nature, believe in natural health cures and become nebulously sentimental about pollution and conservation, attach ourselves to special trees, nooks and scenes, listen for meanings in the wind and turn to oracles for comfort–then the nymph is doing her thing.” 33 more words

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When Time Stands Still

“Pan’s hour was always Noon. At this moment he would appear in the blaze and shimmer of midday, startling man and animal into blind terror. This seems to have little to do with the nightmare. 158 more words

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In Defense of Magical Thinking

“For we live by faith, not by sight.”

So when did “reality” become so popular? There are sayings floating around, “reality has a liberal bias,” 639 more words