British MP Wants Astrology To Play A Part In Health Policy
It’s worth saying at the outset that astrology is bullshit.
The MP for Bosworth, Mr Tredinnick, is well known for his whacky beliefs, so much so that he is often referred to as the MP for Holland and Barrett, the high street purveyor of supplements, homeopathic remedies, and flim-flam.
What makes Mr Tredinnick’s comments so worrying is that he sits on the health committee and the science and technology committee in the House of Commons.
What makes this even more worrying is that these posts are elected by other MPs, so this believer in all things pseudo-science was deliberately placed on these committees by his fellow MPs.
It’s hard to imagine anyone less suited to judging the merits of health and science policy than a man who thinks that the stars and planets somehow influence our lives. This is a pre-scientific notion, and has no place in a modern society.
Mr Tredinnick has attempted to head off criticism from the reality-based community by referring to those rationalists and skeptics who disagree with his fanciful notions as “bullies” who had “never studied the subjects”.
On the contrary, most astronomers have studied the universe to a far deeper degree than most astrologers, and have come to the realisation that:
- there are no mechanisms by which the stars and planets can influence our lives
- one only needs conjure up a new mystical mechanism to account for astrology if there is significant evidence that it works
- there is no evidence that astrology works: none