William The Coroner’s Forensic Files

Friday, 30, May, 2008


Filed under: Group blogging — williamthecoroner @ 22:32

Folks are blogging on a theme today.  Astrology.  Well, Zeusie see, Zeusie, do.  I wasn’t asked but, heck, I’ll just jump in anyway.  My take is this: Astrology is used for predictions to make Economics look like a hard science.

When you get right down to it, science, actual science, that can be used to predict things is so bloody interesting.  Find yourself a copy of Bill Bryson’s A Short History of Nearly Everything.  For one thing you’ll be fascinated.  If you’re not fascinated, why are you reading my blog?  For another, you will have enough cocktail party trivia that will allow you to avoid politics, sports, and golf for the rest of your born days.

I am a science geek.  I like to find out why (and how) things work.  I firmly believe that people, on the individual level as well as the relationship level and the public policy level should find out what freakin’ works and, just as importantly, what doesn’t work, and use that as their guide instead of dogma, tradition, superstition, or ideology.

Though I’d like to learn more about cold reading.  I don’t know if I could pull it off with a straight face.


  1. If you ever want to find the books on cold-reading and mentalism, the pro magician references, I can probably scrape up an old catalog or reference or three…

    Comment by Edwin — Saturday, 31, May, 2008 @ 07:52 | Reply

  2. Cold reading is almost frighteningly easy to do; most people seem to prefer to believe, and if you keep your “predictions” general enough they’ll be willing to give you credit if you get anywhere close.

    I used to do “tarot readings” at parties, but eventually quit because it made me uncomfortable. I *knew* I was making crap up, but people were hanging on my every syllable.

    I put together a guide to bluffing your way through the Tarot a while back if you want to amaze your friends with your insights:

    Comment by Cobwebs — Monday, 2, June, 2008 @ 12:49 | Reply

  3. Yeah, cold reading is dead easy. People want to believe. I did it for fun, but always told people not to believe anything I said because *I* thought it was utter bullshit.

    And so many people STILL came back and told me, “you were so right, it was amazing.”

    For a lot of people I think it’s a vehicle to vent, they get to talk about themselves, think about what they want from the future and what they have to do to get it. CHeaper than psychotherapy, I guess.

    Comment by red rabbit — Tuesday, 3, June, 2008 @ 13:14 | Reply

  4. You discriminate between golf and sport and nobody complains? Must be a bunch of overworked underpaid readers.

    If we don’t use “dogma, tradition, superstition, or ideology,” we’ll have to think. Everyone knows that people can make mistakes when we think. Better to follow the wisdom of our ancestors or form a committee.

    The motto for committees is – None of us is as dumb as all of us.

    Comment by Rogue Medic — Thursday, 5, June, 2008 @ 11:07 | Reply

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