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Bombay High Court Rules Astrology To Be a Science 478

neosaurus writes "In India, the Bombay High Court recently ruled astrology to be 'a time tested science more than 4000 years old.' Not only does this stretch the definition of science, it also reaffirms people's faith in pseudosciences at a broader level." At least we can know for certain the people trying to get creationism taught as science in our schools have equally wacky friends around the globe.
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Bombay High Court Rules Astrology To Be a Science

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  • by JonStewartMill ( 1463117 ) <> on Thursday February 03, 2011 @03:11PM (#35093824)

    Homeopathy is a great example of not throwing the baby out with the bathwater.

    Especially since the bathwater magically retains a memory of the baby it once contained.

  • Re:Idle (Score:4, Funny)

    by sorak ( 246725 ) on Thursday February 03, 2011 @03:19PM (#35093946)

    Indians are:

    Practical and prudent
    Ambitious and disciplined
    Patient and careful
    Humorous and reserved
    Pessimistic and fatalistic
    Miserly and grudging

    African Americans are:

    Adventurous and energetic
    Pioneering and courageous
    Enthusiastic and confident
    Dynamic and quick-witted
    Selfish and quick-tempered
    Impulsive and impatient
    Foolhardy and daredevil

    Jews are:

    Patient and reliable
    Warmhearted and loving
    Persistent and determined
    Placid and security loving
    Jealous and possessive
    Resentful and inflexible
    Self-indulgent and greedy

    All of these description are pulled from this site []. Of course, I replaced signs of the zodiac with races, religions, or ethnicities. My point is that astrology will not destroy the world, but it is a nonsensical way of categorizing and stereotyping people.

    I also agree with GP, who seemed to be arguing that if we let India redefine science to include unproven horoscopes, then we have no right to argue when people want to redefine it to include things like "faith healing", "homeopathy", and other forms of bunk. The scientific method goes from "required" to "just another opinion/ivory tower bullshit".

  • by WrongSizeGlass ( 838941 ) on Thursday February 03, 2011 @03:27PM (#35094064)

    It was a truly sad day (in 2004) when India's court ruled that astrology was a science, but it wasn't the first. The article states that the Bombay High Court merely reaffirmed this ruling. So it's *another* sad day for India. They just don't know the difference between an philosophy and a science.

    So science built their nuclear weapons, but astrology may play a part in launching them?

About the time we think we can make ends meet, somebody moves the ends. -- Herbert Hoover