Miscalibrated Internet Receptor Stalks

David Tredinnick, a British MP, thinks the National Health Service should use astrology as a diagnostic tool. No, you didn't read that wrong, it does say astrology. Oh, and people who disagree are bullies and racially prejudiced.

Perhaps after this guy we should stop being surprised when politicians prove they don't understand science, but somehow the wonders never cease:

"Ninety per cent of pregnant French women use homeopathy. Astrology is a useful diagnostic tool enabling us to see strengths and weaknesses via the birth chart.

"And, yes, I have helped fellow MPs. I do foresee that one day astrology will have a role to play in healthcare."


As to why people who disagree with him are bullies? Probably because they disagree with him.

"Astrology offers self-understanding to people. People who oppose what I say are usually bullies who have never studied astrology.

"Astrology was until modern times part of the tradition of medicine ... People such as Professor Brian Cox, who called astrology 'rubbish', have simply not studied the subject.

Yes, he is talking about that Professor Brian Cox: physicist, CERN scientist, and BBC science show host.

But the real kicker comes with this quote, which almost makes him sound like a parody:

Opposition to astrology is driven by "superstition, ignorance and prejudice", he said. "It tends to be based on superstition, with scientists reacting emotionally, which is always a great irony.

"They are also ignorant, because they never study the subject and just say that it is all to do with what appears in the newspapers, which it is not, and they are deeply prejudiced, and racially prejudiced, which is troubling."


When he isn't saying wacky things about non-science, David Tredinnick makes decisions about real healthcare and real science on both the Health Committee and the Science and Technology Committee of the British Parliament.


via The Guardian.

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