29 August 2011


The more you learn, especially about science, the less you need to resort to superstition. The graphs illustrate the point. The image above depicts the responses to the title question among those U.S. residents who do not have a high school diploma. The image below depicts the responses among those who have a bachelor's degree (four years at a college or university).

In his landmark TV series Cosmos, astrophysicist and cosmologist Carl Sagan pointed out that the doctor in attendance at one's birth exerts a greater gravitational pull than any of the celestial bodies which allegedly influence our personalities within the byzantine beliefs of astrology. My thanks to Sheril Kirshenbaum for the graphs (click on the image to enlarge).

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