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If this doesn’t silence the sceptics they’re thicker than I thought!!
Written by: Edward Snow    Posted date:  August 23, 2017  |


Astrological researcher says idea that astrologers rely on ESP to interpret birth charts is on the ropes

Results of a unique automated research study designed to test the probity of astrological truth claims may wind up robbing critics of an argument they’ve been using for decades to debunk astrology.

French Canadian astrological researcher Vincent Godbout says the study provides the first solid evidence that astrologers may in fact rely on insights provided by astrological birth charts and not on extra sensory perception (ESP), as some critics have argued. Statistically eye-popping results supporting the astrology side in this debate were calculated at thousands to one against chance, he reports.

The study uses sophisticated computer technologies to effectively marginalize bias and human error.

“There are currently more scholars willing to accept telepathy or ESP than astrology. Because everything is automated the advantage of our protocol is that it eliminates the human factor to test purely and strictly astrology. This has never been done before,” he said.

Godbout is a former professor of mathematics and statistics. As a designer of the PERMAMA masters program for the University of Quebec he co-authored three courses: Mathematics and Human Activity, Mathematical Contributions of Antiquity and Problem Solving. He also is the author of a French adaptation of Thomas and Finney’s Differential and Integral Calculus.

His interest in astrology dates to 1976. In the current century he created the Mastro Expert astrological software program with colleague Francois Rouleau to help astrologers better interpret astrological birth charts.

Ground-Breaking Research

In his ground-breaking study Godbout used the Mastro Expert software program to identify descriptive key words from the birth charts of 42 randomly selected celebrities whose birth data and biographies was published in a directory published by Le Monde, a leading French newspaper.

For each of the 42 celebrities the Mastro Expert software creates a list of between 124 and 230 descriptive key words that are based on specific astrological placements and alignments (aspects) in the celebrity’s birth chart. These astrological word lists are automatically matched against comparable word lists extracted from the Le Monde celebrity biographies.

“On the one side I had the astrological charts of 42 celebrities and on the other their biographical profiles from the Le Monde directory, which we paired blindly,” he said.

Godbout created a special analytical tool – the Semantic Proximity Estimator –to evaluate the semantic proximity between key words on the astrological and biographical word lists. The Estimator analyzes the extent to which the compared words say or do not say the same things and provides numerical scores to rank how well the word lists match up.

For example, when the astrological word list created for former U.S. President Bill Clinton was blindly compared with all the other celebrities in the study, President Clinton had the highest score with his own biography. The best correspondence between the astrological and biological words was Bill Clinton-Bill Clinton, Godbout said.

On the other hand, when Albert Einstein’s astrological word list was compared with the biographical word lists for the other 41 celebrities his was the lowest score recorded. Either the Mastro Expert software program was having a bad day or Einstein’s biographer failed to meaningfully identify Albert’s defining characteristics.

“Like any experiment we needed to do the math and test the probabilities,” Godbout said.

Because each of the 42 celebrities in the test had their own biographical and astrological word lists, there was 42 x 42, or 1,762 separate scores to automatically calculate and compare. “It’s a lot like playing the lottery with only so many chances to win,” Godbout explains

If astrology is as bogus as its deniers claim, when scores for all of the 42 celebrity matches are sequentially tallied and compared the expectation is that only one successful Bill Clinton – Bill Clinton type of result will randomly occur – one chance in 42. But Godbout counted seven successful matches in which the celebrity’s top astrological and biographical scores were a match.

What’s going on?

The Mastro Expert software sequentially compares the celebrities’ astrological and biographical word lists in a step-by-step fashion. If the lists are being influenced or impacted by some other factor the resulting distribution may not be random and more than one successful match is possible.

“Some astrologers might be disappointed because the number of hits (seven out of 42) in our study seems low. But the odds this result occurred by chance are about six in 100,000, which is impressively significant,” he said.

The results were even more impressive when Godbout decided to up the ante to include the second, third and fourth highest matches for all 42 celebrities.

In a random distribution, adding the second highest score is supposed to only change the statistical odds for success from one to two chances in 42 tries. Also, when the third highest scores are added to the database the odds randomly climb to three chances in 42, and then to four chances in 42 with the top four matches included.

However, when Godbout added the second highest scores to his database he came up with 11 matches, not two. There is only three chances in a million this result occurred by chance.

When the third highest scores were added to the database the number of successful matches rose to 13, not three. And the fourth highest scores pushed the number of successes to 15, not four. The likelihood that these results occurred by chance was also in the stratosphere –4.4 and 3.8 chances in a million, respectively.

“In an experiment like this there can be a lot of entropy (degradation). The biographies are written by different people and character traits can be missed. Also, the Mastro Expert system is dependent on accurate birth data and errors do occur,” he said.

“But if something other than astrology can explain the results we observed in our study I’m waiting to hear what this might be,” he said.

Godbout will describe the next stage in his research at the upcoming Kepler Conference on astrological research scheduled Jan. 25-28 in Cape Canaveral, Fla. Click here.

For more information check out the subtitled video: Astrology, what if is true?

Some Scientists Now Believe the Universe Itself May Be Conscious 
A new scientific concept has recently come to light, which scientists are calling “panpsychism.” Panpsychism says that the universe could be capable of consciousness, which could change everything.
For quite some time, scientists have been working to understand the universe, where it came from, and why we are here. However, they have often come up short until now. The scientist responsible for such a notion is Gregory Matloff, and his ideas are shocking, to say the least.
According to Matloff, a physicist at New York City College of Technology, in his recently published paper, humans could be like the rest of the universe, in substance and in spirit. Futurism reported that a “proto-consciousness field” could extend throughout all space. Basically, in laymens terms, the entire cosmos could be self-aware.
( SEE:    Can Panpsychism Become an Observational Science? Journal of Consciousness Exploration & Research,  Vol 7, No.7,  2016, Gregory L. Matloff ,  http://jcer.com/index.php/jcj/article/view/579 )
Another supporter of panpsychism is Christof Koch of the Allen Institute for Brain Science. He says that biological organisms are conscious because when they approach a new situation, they are able to change their behavior in order to thwart a bad situation. Due to this view, he is trying to see if he can measure the level of consciousness a being displays.
In order to accomplish this, he will be running a number of experiments, including one that includes wiring the brains of two mice together to see if the information will flow between the two like a fused, integrated system would.
“The only dominant theory we have of consciousness says that it is associated with complexity – with a system’s ability to act upon its own state and determine its own fate,” Koch argues. “Theory states that it could go down to very simple systems. In principle, some purely physical systems that are not biological or organic may also be conscious.”
As it stands, panpsychism is just in the experimental phase. However, if scientists are able to prove their theory, it could shake the world of science to its core. What do you think, is the universe conscious?

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At last an astronomer who takes an open minded approach…

 Royal astronomer: ‘Aliens may be staring us in the face’

Aliens may be “staring us in the face” in a form humans are unable to recognise, the Queen’s astronomer has said.

Aliens may be 'staring us in the face' according to Lord Martin Rees, the president of the Royal Society

Aliens may be ‘staring us in the face’ according to Lord Martin Rees, the president of the Royal Society

He made the remarks shortly after hosting the national science academy’s first conference on the possibility of alien life.

“They could be staring us in the face and we just don’t recognise them. The problem is that we’re looking for something very much like us, assuming that they at least have something like the same mathematics and technology,” he said.

“I suspect there could be life and intelligence out there in forms we can’t conceive. Just as a chimpanzee can’t understand quantum theory, it could be there as aspects of reality that are beyond the capacity of our brains.”

Lord Rees used the conference in January, entitled The Detection of Extra-terrestrial Life and the Consequences for Science and Society, to ask whether the discovery of aliens would cause terror or delight on earth. He told Prospect magazine that improved telescopes made the chance of finding extra-terrestrial life “better than ever”.

But Dr Frank Drake, the world’s leading “ET hunter”, told the conference that satellite TV and the “digital revolution” was making humanity invisible to aliens by cutting the transmission of TV and radio signals into space.

At present, the Earth is surrounded by a 50 light year-wide “shell” of radiation from analogue TV, radio and radar transmissions. But although the signals have spread far enough to reach many nearby star systems, they are rapidly vanishing in the wake of digital technology, according to Dr Drake.

The scientist, who founded the Search for Extra-terrestrial Intelligence organisation in the United States, said digital TV signals would look like noise to a race of observing aliens.

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Ask An Astrologer About the Importance of Ceres In Your Chart

IT’S an invader. Shiny spots and minerals on the surface of Ceres suggest that the asteroid belt’s largest object may have been born in the outer solar system, far from its current abode. This also hints that our current classification of comets, asteroids and planets is too simplistic.

At 950 kilometres across, Ceres is considered a dwarf planet like Pluto, despite orbiting in the main asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. When NASA’s Dawn spacecraft arrived at Ceres in March, it saw that most of the dwarf is as dark as fresh asphalt, but that there are lighter spots in craters, which range from the brightness of concrete to that of ocean ice.

New measurements suggest that the bright regions are mostly made of icy salt deposits, says Andreas Nathues, lead investigator for Dawn’s camera team at the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research in Munich, Germany.

A large crater called Occator has an especially bright pit, which probably contains water ice that vaporises as Ceres rotates into sunlight. The vapour produces haze clouds that appear and disappear during Ceres’s 9-hour day.

That makes Ceres the first large body in the asteroid belt to show such comet-like activity, blurring the line between comet and asteroid.

The Dawn team thinks the ice originated beyond the solar system’s “snow line”, where water molecules condense. In the early solar system, this would have been several hundred million kilometres farther from the sun than Ceres’s current location, suggesting that the dwarf planet was born in the land of comets and migrated inwards later (Nature, 10.1038/nature15754).

Other observations support this idea, says Maria Cristina De Sanctis of the Italian National Institute of Astrophysics in Rome. Using Dawn’s spectrometer, she and her colleagues detected that minerals called ammoniated phyllosilicates make up about 10 per cent of Ceres’s surface. For these minerals to form, ammonia had to be incorporated as the dwarf planet formed – and ammonia ice is also only stable at the temperatures beyond the snow line (Nature, 10.1038/nature16172).

Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune probably moved a lot in the solar system’s early days, which could have sent objects like Ceres hurtling closer to the sun, says Chris Russell, Dawn’s principal investigator.

“Ceres is right at that transition zone, where we’re moving from predominantly rocky bodies to outer solar system objects that are predominantly water ice,” says Shane Byrne at the University of Arizona in Tucson. Its mix of comet-like and planet-like characteristics adds a new dimension to the debate about how to define a planet.

 

By Rebecca Boyle

(Source:  activistpost.com; December 9, 2015; http://tinyurl.com/ouc3ja3)

 

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