I have just started the video and he is doing the attack on astrology bit.
These attacks on astrology based on newspaper horoscopes make about as much sense as attacking coffee drinking because it stains the teeth. Even a casual study of the subject would force one to conclude doing a horoscope based on nothing but the sun sign is frivolous at best.
I think Dawkins is showing lack of reason by being so superficial. It just comes down to look at these people that aren’t as smart as us, aren’t they stupid. Can’t he do better than that?
Of course I had always despised all astrology columns; his was actually more entertaining than most. Though I was an advanced student of astrology, not a teacher, I had high standards about how the ancient art should be used. And I considered newspaper horoscopes to be an abomination. Without exception, they were poorly written and unforgivably dull. They encouraged people to be superstitious and made the dead-wrong implication that astrology preaches predetermination and annuls free will.
It was bad enough that their blather fed gullible readers inane advice that pandered to the least interesting forms of egotism and narcissism. Worst of all, they were based in only the most tenuous way on any real astrological understanding. Any reputable practitioner would have told you, for instance, that in order to assess the cosmic energies with any authenticity, you’d have to meditate on the movements and relationships of all the heavenly bodies, not just the sun. But newspaper horoscopes based their ersatz “predictions” solely on the sun’s position. They made the absurd proposition that the lives of millions of people who share any particular “sun sign” are all headed in the same direction.
As long as there are people that want to believe bullsh!t there are going to be people willing to tell them the bullsh!t they want to hear, but don’t try to take the bullsh!t as evidence of anything.
12 Sun signs
12 rising signs
3 Mercury (Since it is close to the sun it can only be in the same sign or on either side)
5 Venus (Since it is close to the sun it can only be in the same sign or 2 on either side)
This gives 44 million variations and still doesn’t take the houses into account