Oh. My. Goodness.
Can I tell you that I am elated to see that not just the U.S. has politicians that totally misunderstand how the world works?
David Tredinnick said he had spent 20 years studying astrology and healthcare and was convinced it could work.
The MP for Bosworth, a member of the health committee and the science and technology committee, said he was not afraid of ridicule or abuse.
“There is no logic in attacking something that has a proven track record,” he told BBC News.
He was obviously not “studying” correctly.
He thinks those skeptical of astrology are full of it and don’t know what they are talking about. Ironic.
“I am absolutely convinced that those who look at the map of the sky for the day that they were born and receive some professional guidance will find out a lot about themselves and it will make their lives easier,” he told MPs.
Epic fail that because HE is ABSOLUTELY convinced, then it MUST be true as the astrologers describe. He is the ignorant one since astrology is a classic example of pseudoscience which has been studied for centuries. Not only has it failed to predict events accurately, its tenets are in direct contrast to what we know about physics and the universe. A double woo-whammy!
He also says herbal and alt meds are vindicated because they are accepted by lots of people and used by health services — Argument from popularity – a logical fallacy. Science isn’t done by democracy, Mr. Tredinnick. Your statements reveal deep ignorance and but very shallow thinking.
Tredinnick has been called “the government’s resident medical loon“.
He’s been taken to task regularly via the Quackometer blog.
If this guy is convinced by utter nonsense, it is scary he is in charge.