Re: virus: Objectivism vs Astrology in Cyberspace

Tim Rhodes (
Sun, 9 Feb 1997 13:08:03 -0800 (PST)

On 9 Feb 1997, David Rosdeitcher wrote:

> Astrology is an occult ideology in which positions of stars and planets
> correlate with or determine events on Earth on a personal and global
> level.

Sorry, David, but I need to respond to your words here, not your thoughts.

I keep seeing Astrology popping up as a symbol for hocus-pocus thinking
and I want to speak up. Where you are a Objectivist, I am
Phenomenologist. I see Astrology as the phenomena of people born at the
same time of year having similar personality traits. This is a
phenomena I have seen in my own interactions with individuals throughout
my life. As a Phenonemologist, I do not accept the causality generally
held by astrologists, but I do not deny the phenomena. I have my own
theories on its causality. (Short version: The first 12 weeks in a childs
life have an overwhelming proportional effect on the development of their
personality. Children whose first 12 weeks are spent huddled up, inside,
in the winter will exhibit different personality traits as adults than
those that spent the first weeks of their lives hiding from the sun and
lying around naked.) These are just my theories and without research I
can't say whether they have any validity or not. (Theoretically the traits
of individuals in the southern hemisphere should be offset by six months
from the traditional "horoscope" ideals. But I'm to lazy and poor to fly
to Australia to do research.) But the phenomena exists, even if I can't
explain /why/. That there is this phenomena that needs to be understood,
explains why Astrology has persisted for 4000 years despite its
nonsensical explanations.

-Prof. Tim