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Tests of Astrology: A review of hundreds of studies
New book is essential reading for anyone curious about astrology
Abstract -- Forty years ago astrologers could cite a handful of tests to
support their claims. Today there are new approaches, new data, and
hundreds of new studies, all of them summarised in a new book containing
information not available anywhere else -- not in astrology books, not
in science books, not even on this website. It is essential reading for
anyone curious about astrology. See full article for details.
Forty years ago astrologers could cite a handful of tests to support
their claims. Examples include John Nelson on shortwave radio quality,
Vernon Clark on the predictive ability of astrologers, and Michel
Gauquelin on professional occupations. These tests were reviewed in
Recent Advances in Natal Astrology: A Critical Review 1900-1976, which
was the result of a collaboration between more than 50 astrologers and
Recent Advances was acclaimed by both astrologers and scientists as the
world's best survey of evidence-based astrology. For example it was
"The most important book ever written on astrology" (Phenomena
Publications, Canada), and "Clearly a major work, indeed the only one of
its kind" (Professor H J Eysenck, University of London).
But that was forty years ago. Since then much has happened. There have
been new approaches, new data, and hundreds of new studies, most of them
riding on the revolution in research due to computers. But there have
been no new surveys in book form. Until now, see next.
Tests of Astrology|
384 B5 pages (176x250 mm), 350,000 words, over 1200 references, nearly
600 visuals, glossary, subject/author/book indexes, soft cover, durable
sewn binding. The book is larger than most other astrology books and
took four specialist compilers (including the main compilers of Recent
Advances) eight years to prepare. Most of the information is not
available anywhere else -- not even on this website.
Contents The longest chapter (230 pages) summarises hundreds of
empirical studies published between 1927 and 2015 taken from over a
hundred books, journals, PhD theses, and sources such as conference
reports and websites. Other chapters cover the role of personal
experience, how astrology was discovered, the evolution of scientific
tests, why tests are needed, the Gauquelin research, time twins, the
'wrong chart' effect, and overviews of chart factors. Plus meta-analyses
and funnel plots, symbolism, truth, meaning, hidden persuaders
(artifacts), the future of astrology, and the case for and against
astrology. All comprehensively indexed.
Everything in one place Readers seeking empirical findings (almost all
of which are negative, with previous positive findings being exposed as
artifacts) can now have all of them in one place. Astrologers seeking
ways to improve their service to clients despite the negative empirical
findings will find much that is available nowhere else.
Look inside At 350,000 words the book is a large one. But as these
examples show, the material is carefully set out with no waffle or spare
words to waste your time. Those in a hurry can retrieve material by
subject, author, or book title using indexes with rarely more than two
page references per entry (none generated by computer). Altogether there
are nearly 4000 index entries.|
Top Book covers are shown where it could be useful, as in this survey
of Moon gardening books and lunar effects on plant growth
Middle Each study has its own individual section with a listing of the
main results so that reference to the original is not needed, as in
these reviews of sign effects in marriage. Numbers are of course
important if you are to judge conclusions for yourself, but are rarely
given in astrology books. Or if given they are invariably chosen to
support the case, which means you never see the other side of the story
-- an obfuscation that ends with this book
Bottom Wherever possible results are not only graphed as in this survey
of publication bias, but the graph is annotated in plain English. Many
topics are necessarily technical, but just looking at the graphs will
give you a good idea of what is happening. There are more than 200
graphs and nearly 200 tables, all with easy-to-understand captions.
Price Tests of Astrology is published in the Netherlands where this
website is located. Posted price is 44 euros (about £38 or USD47) by
air mail to any country. The Dutch post office cannot deliver by sea
mail. Because the book is non-profit (neither compilers nor publisher
make any money from it) it is not available in bookshops even though it
has an ISBN (978-90-824929-0-3). It is available only by mail order
direct from the publisher. You can pay by PayPal or ebank. Sorry, no
credit cards. For how to pay via these options, and to check book
availability, please email the publisher wout DOT heukelom AT hetnet DOT
nl. Books are in the mail within 3 days of receiving your order.
What reviewers are saying about Tests of Astrology
Review by Tim Trachet, Dutch skeptic journal Skepter, October 2016
The bulk of this thick book consists of summaries of the studies that
have been carried out on astrology in the course of time, altogether
more than three hundred publications, in which the interested reader
will find a wealth of information. The final chapters are particularly
instructive for all who want to have a critical view of astrology. It
discusses in detail the many psychological means by which an astrologer
can convince his client - cold reading, the Barnum effect, but there are
many more. And some pointed observations about the failure of
astrologers. The authors conclude that there is more to astrology than
being true or false. They give a number of arguments pro and con. For
skeptics, the book contains a lot of useful information.
Review by Ray Ward, The Skeptical Intelligencer Volume 19(4), 8-9,
Winter 2016 (excerpts)
Recent Advances in Natal Astrology (1977), perhaps the most frequently
referred-to critical work on astrology, is now out of date and this book
constitutes the most comprehensive summary of the subject. It includes
personal stories of astrologers and believers who changed their minds;
the discovery of astrology; the evolution of tests and why they are
needed; a whole section on the Gauquelin work; hundreds of empirical
studies over 1927-2015; test overviews; artifacts (including a good
general discussion of why people see what they expect to see); the
future of astrology; the case for and against; a glossary; and name,
subject and book indexes. The book ends with a summary: there is no
physical way astrology could work; hundreds of tests have shown it does
not deliver useful factual truth; the claimed as above, so below links
do not exist; charts are meaningful even when wrong; outcomes are
explained by hidden persuaders; and claimed experience is unfounded
because it is never tested under controlled conditions; hits are chosen,
misses ignored, failures explained away, and unwelcome test results
dismissed because, it is said, astrology cannot be tested.
Unsolicited comments from readers
From the first nine reader responses:
"Very impressive ... Prodigious effort ... Should be the definitive
account of astrology for the foreseeable future ... A high standard of
professionalism in layout and editing ... An absolute boon to have such
a huge amount of information collected in one source ... A perfect
reference ... Impressive ... It is TERRIFIC, and astounding reference
book ... Congrats on another magnum opus!"
From a response on readability:
"As to the book Tests of Astrology, I must say that I am very impressed
with the printing. Each page is remarkably easy to read, even though
it is dense with printed information. You must have used special paper
and printing [we didn't]. At first I was a little puzzled why some
paragraphs were in smaller font than others [they were quotes] and then
I realised that it keeps the text interesting and is easy on your eyes.
You have done an excellent job condensing large amounts of information
into straightforward and easy to read paragraphs."
From long-time US researcher Therese Hamilton:
"I am greatly enjoying Tests of Astrology. The book is very attractively
laid out, with an initial approach that is entertaining, humorous and
factual. The background research required for the thousands of quotes
and citations (articles, PhD theses, Internet links, personal
communications, 600+ books) can only be called massive. Even if Tests of
Astrology provides little or no support for astrology, I see this book
as a 'must have' reference for serious researchers. At almost 500 pages
of meticulously formatted text and graphics, TOA is actually several
books bound into one volume. Congratulations on a Herculean task!"
Also available from the same publisher is the following book:
Astrology under Scrutiny |
Published July 2013 in the Netherlands as the final issue of the Dutch
research journal Astrologie in Onderzoek founded 1977. 364 B5 pages
(176x250 mm), 201,000 words, 249 graphs/diagrams and photos. Indexes,
hardcover, sewn binding.
Contents Brief history of Dutch research into astrology. Summaries of
the best 110 articles from 27 years of Dutch research including every
empirical study (about half of the total). Founder of this website
Rudolf Smit describes his life as a skeptical amateur astronomer who
became a prominent Dutch astrologer and then a skeptical doubter again.
A memorial tribute to Michel and Francoise Gauquelin.
The main part (220 pages) covers meta-analyses of empirical tests, the
astrological literature, history of research, polls of astrologers,
prize competitions, symbolism, intuition, psychic ability, divination,
role of non-chart factors, lessons for astrology (from graphology,
palmistry, alchemy, phrenology, Tarot, wrong charts that work), use of
astrology in counselling, how astrology was discovered, future of
astrology, case for and against astrology, and more. More useful to
working astrologers seeking guidance than Tests of Astrology.
Price 25 euros (about £20 or $US27). Postage and packing costs are the
same as for the other book, as are details for ordering, see above.
What reviewers said about Astrology under Scrutiny:
"The most informed and informative book of its kind Correlation 2014.
"Future comments on astrology will hardly be possible without it"
Zeitschrift fur Anomalistik 2013.
"Remarkable ... will be a staple for the indefinite future" D&J Parker,
authors of The Compleat Astrologer
Long time coming|
Neither book was compiled in a few weeks or months or even before
breakfast. The planning started in May 2008 in Utrecht (pictured) and
continued for eight years while material retrieved from university
libraries, academic databases and astrology collections around the world
was being reviewed. It was a long hard slog. As far as we know, nothing
important has been missed.
Production team for both books from left: Dr Geoffrey Dean (Australia), Rudolf Smnit
(author in 1976 of De Planeten Spreken, the planets speak), AinO
publishers Cygnea van der Hooning and Wout Heukelom (The Netherlands).
From top: Arthur Mather (Scotland, co-compiler in 1977 with Geoffrey
Dean and 52 collaborators of Recent Advances in Natal Astrology, rated
by the astrology-related journal Phenomena as "the most important book
ever written on astrology"), Dr David Nias (England, co-author in 1982
with Professor Hans Eysenck of Astrology Science or Superstition, the
world's first book on astrology written by psychologists for ordinary
readers, it became the standard reference in academic studies with
several foreign-language editions, today Google returns 120,000 web
pages that cite it). The criticism that scientists are ignorant about
astrology is not relevant here because both Dean and Smit are former
award-winning professional astrologers. At last serious astrology gets
the attention it deserves.
Please tell your friends about Tests of Astrology and its Dutch prequel
Astrology under Scrutiny.
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