“REAL” astrologers angry with fake astrologers in India


Karnataka Goes After Fake Astrologers to Protect Legitimate Ones – NYTimes.com.

A minister in the state of Karnataka, home to the Indian infotech industry, has announced that the state government will set up a committee “to find out ways to eliminate black magic.” It is considering whether to require astrologers to register with the state authorities, apparently to sort out the legitimate fortune-tellers from the frauds.

Last month, during its 4th International Astrological Conference, the Karnataka Astrologers Association adopted a resolution to ban “dishonest astrologers in public sphere.” It was responding to predictions based on the Mayan calendar that spread fears the world would end on Dec. 21. The association’s vice president reportedly railed against “fake astrologers” out to make money peddling “mindless prophecies” for damaging “the reputation of astrology, which is traditionally viewed as a science.”

That’s “science” as in hard science — but political science, too.

Astrology, the poster child for sciencey nonsense, plays a big part in the economy and politics in this region of India. It’s taught in colleges, it’s used by officials to plan important events and apparently to make decisions. That’s just a little bit insane. But more insane is trying to weed “good” from “bad” when it comes to astrology because there IS no difference. It’s all garbage.

The idea to register astrologers is not going over well. Exactly what would be the criteria I wonder?

The real astrologers seem annoyed with every self-styled prophet crowing about the latest coming apocalypse and want to shoehorn those money grubbers out.

The emergence of fake astrologers in recent times and the considerable media coverage they attract has damaged the reputation of astrology which is traditionally viewed as a science. Mindless prophesies from those who believe that anything said in the name of astrology can be sold like hot cakes, are creating panic among people. Their theories are vacuous and are scaring people.”

Astrology is entirely vacuous. No matter who is doing it.

Astrology: More like Religion Than Science – CSI.

Tip: Massimo Pigliucci (@mpigliucci on Twitter)

  6 comments for ““REAL” astrologers angry with fake astrologers in India

  1. RDW
    January 20, 2013 at 6:35 PM

    There are a great many very intelligent and hard working people in India. It’s a shame that so many are influenced by irrational beliefs in the super- natural. Sometimes, an open mind can become very cluttered with nonsense.

  2. Haldur
    January 20, 2013 at 9:23 PM

    i feel they SHOULD license Astrologers and other prognosticators. And furthermore, if said applicant for a license is unable to tell the licensing agency correctly what their randomly-generated license number will be, they go to jail for fraud. That should do wonders to weed out the fakes.

  3. January 20, 2013 at 10:35 PM

    BWA HAH HAH HAH :D,…sorry, I tried not to laugh, I couldn’t help it. This is like one religion arguing with another. Funny as hell!! Loved it!!

  4. January 22, 2013 at 4:10 PM

    This story reads just like a page from a Terry Pratchett book. The Thieves’ Guild attacking the Assassin’s Guild! Good stuff.

  5. January 22, 2013 at 4:19 PM

    It DID sound familiar! Ha.

  6. January 22, 2013 at 4:20 PM

    Going to talk about this story tomorrow on http://virtualskeptics.com. I’m going to have to use that reference.

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