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Guinard's Manifesto
A massive exercise in pseudoscience

Arthur Mather

Abstract -- Patrice Guinard's Manifesto is a statement of 42,000 words based on his 1993 PhD thesis at the Sorbonne, about how astrology provides meaning despite being rejected by educated people, and why it deserves not to be. His central idea is that the planets resonate with our psyche leaving the results in our minds as unspecific symbols and archetypes. So astrology has nothing to do with science or religion or philosophy. It is a psychic phenomenon that has evolved with humanity and should be accepted as part of our nature. Unfortunately the Manifesto is wordy and unclear. Guinard assumes that astrology as perceived by astrologers has no ordinary explanation, but he is most likely wrong. His arguments boil down to speculations about astrology which he says are untestable. They are bolstered by frequent asides, some insightful, some misguided, some fatally uninformed, and some even self-contradictory. Empirical studies reported by Dean & Kelly (2003) do not support his speculations. In other words the Manifesto is a massive exercise in pseudoscience. The answer to the title question appears to be No. Guinard was invited to reply but gave only a brief brush-off response.

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