midwife astrology fallacy

Well I did a few calculations and this turns out to be false. my standard fallacy falsifier is itself fallacious.

In fact, she has about the same order of magnitude of influence as Mars, but much less than Jupiter, the Sun or the Moon. (Assuming spherical midwife and baby moving at non-relativistic speeds.)

I don’t quite believe it myself, but you may check the calculations for yourself here..

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Spreadsheet

Update:
I happened to glance at a european survey, the Eurobarometer on european attitudes and beliefs about science and technology. One question they asked was to rate how scientific certain things were on a five point scale. Just for laugh they threw in astrology.. it got a worryingly high 3.1. Fortunately, they also asked about horoscopes which got a far more appropriate 1.9. Showing that people are more confused than they are gullible

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Caspar is just one monkey among billions. Battering his keyboard without expectations even of peanuts, let alone of aping the Immortal Bard. By day he is an infantologist at Birkbeck Babylab, by night he runs BabyLaughter.net
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