I’m a big fan of science education, and those institutions whose reason for being is the furthering of knowledge, and the encouraging of the young to follow math-based ambitions. That stuff is hard, and requires a whole heap of enthusiasm and motivation in order to slog through.
Conversely, it’s somewhat shocking when I find a space center, a place that claims its goals are “to educate, inspire and evoke a sense of wonder about the Universe, our planet and space exploration” working to do exactly the opposite. I’m talking about the H.R. MacMillan Space Centre, and them deciding to put on an event with a known scam artist front and centre, the Astrologer Rose Marcus.
[A quick caveat, lest anyone misunderstand: I do not believe that Rose Marcus, more than any other astrologer, is a scam artist. Rose Marcus, as an astrologer, is peddling bullshit and lies, and is therefore a scam artist. Claiming to be a psychic is just digging deeper into the fraud.]
On February 14th, H.R. MacMillan will be hosting a “Cosmic Love Connection” event. It’s billed as “a fun, light-hearted and romantic look at the night sky in the planetarium star theatre.” I’ve included a screenshot of the advertisement here, click if you’d like a larger size.
Astrology is blatantly false, and is (and has always been) in competition with Astronomy, at least in the minds of the ignorant. What H.R. MacMillan is doing here is providing a platform for this particular fraud to gain access to new rubes, people whom she can lie to about the efficacy of Astrology (and anything other than “it’s just making up stories that have no basis in reality” is a lie).
H.R. MacMillan… Seriously, what the hell? You’re taking public money, and putting this… shite… on? I am disappoint.
Feel the same way? Let them know on their contact page.
6 responses to “Astrology Now!”
Thanks Brian, I wrote to them voicing my disapproval.
Thank you! Here’s hoping they quickly backtrack in the face of public disapproval. The reach of this blog is pretty small, but here’s hoping enough noise gets made. 😉
Thanks for the alert! I’ll be letting the planetarium know of my disapproval of this stupid presentation.
Thanks Randy. One of the board of directors has been in touch with the Vancouver Skeptics group, and has also expressed his concern. Things are looking positive. 🙂
You are. A misogynistic MIS informed idiot.
Who are YOU to claim who is a scam and who isn’t. After reading your articals, it’s VERY EASY TO SEE WHO’S SCAMMING WHO!
Your ego doesn’t know everything. Although you do seem to think your self to be so intelligent.sorry you read like the small minded unintelligent jerk you are.
Hope you find peace , with all that misinformed anger,you deemed to spread around like the crap on your pages.
I’m somewhat at a loss as to how you came to the ‘misogynistic’ part. The rest, I get, you have an investment in the bullshit that is astrology/psychic stuff. But ‘misogynistic’? That doesn’t seem to fit anything I said: I’m not attacking Rose Marcus for being a woman, but for being a lying scammer, i.e. calling herself a psychic (and her other claims about astrology and Tarot).
1. A process or a system is a scam when a claim is made about that process/system that isn’t true, and then someone profits by profiting off people who believe it is true (which it is not), and those ‘someone’s are scammers (aka “scumbags”).
2. Astrology, Tarot and psychic abilities are claimed to be true. They are not, the mountains of evidence that exist to demonstrate that have to be ignored or dismissed in order to maintain the position that they are true.
3. People (and I use the word loosely) like Rose Marcus profit off people who believe that these things are true.
Conclusion (deductive): Rose Marcus is a scammer (aka “scumbag”)
Are you shooting for some sort of record of irony? Is this some sort of satire? Or are you just generally lacking in self-awareness?
Regardless, if you’d like to have a productive conversation about this, I’m open. I’d appreciate it if you could tone down the caps, accusations, and general bullshit though.