Daily Horoscope: Saturn Is In Aquarius And Yet You’re Still A Giant Dick
Jamie Funk has hijacked my favorite blog.
Jamie Funk is an astrologer, and by that virtue alone he is also a quack. I’m sure he is a fantastic father, a loving partner to his spouse, maybe even a nice bloke to sit down with over a pint of suds.
None of these facts take away from the fact that he charges folks money to tell them what the heavens are doing in their lives, and the basis for all his advice is absolute crap. It might be good advice, it might even be sage advice, but it is advice that is derived from drawing semi-random and completely irrelevant chords in a circle and then generating utterly vague predictions about their future.
Even better, he likes to make a habit of taking known events and explaining how his method predicts that they would happen. It’s silly really, because:
- If he does have a teachable and consistent method, he can only choose those events that confirm his method and avoid those events that refute it.
- He can choose only those planets and movements that confirm the event and set aside those that are inconsistent with the event.
- If he has no consistent method, he can just make stuff up that sounds real astrologyish and show that his method explains any event.
My guess is that if someone asked him to pick a day in the near future, any day at all, that had lots of astrological significance happening, and make a real concrete, falsifiable prediction about what would happen that day he would dodge the offer or outright decline.
He should be able to make a prediction like:
On July 30, 2010 at 4:57PM PST an earthquake will strike the city of San Francisco, injuring thousands.
The MaxMillions Draw for Friday, July 16th,2010 in Canada will be won by a Pisces, born on March 12th, 1979 at about 4:26 AM EST.
He won’t make any specific predictions, because he knows that they can be falsified, and as a result he would be proven false. How about if he made 20 predictions over the next 9 months and he only had to get a hit on 25% of them? I suspect he wouldn’t do that either.
Because Jamie knows that what he does is pure guesswork. There is nothing more than entertainment value to the money he bilks from his poor shills.
I’m sure, if Jamie reads this, he will ignore it, or attack something other than my key points:
- You cannot make testable, falsifiable predictions using your method
- You can offer no peer-reviewed research backing up the claim that any method of astrology is accurate in making predictions
- You use your method to explain things we already know happened and therefor there is no way to independently verify the method.
So Jamie, if you’re reading this, understand that I am not attacking your methods, I’m not even attacking astrology, and I’m certainly not attacking you. I’m calling astrology out for what it is-a giant load of bunk that is no more valid than just making up advice for people off the cuff. I’m asking you to stop dodging the issue, “shit or get off the pot”, so to speak. If you don’t want to answer these concerns, which are the exact same ones made by Jason in his post-then stop hijacking my favorite blog- go back to entertaining your audience. Don’t be surprised though, if we call you out again for misrepresenting reality.