Are you driven by cold hard facts or emotion?
Think the idea that your astrological sign affects your relationship to science is weird?
Research has discovered far stranger things.
- Chinese scientists found that fruit bats engage in oral sex.
- A scientist in Tokyo proved that mice with mismatched heart transplants live longer when listening to the opera “La Traviata” and the music of Mozart than a control group of mice that listened to Enya or monotones (side-note: there’s a doctor who does mouse heart transplants?!)
- In Mexico, curious scientists found they could make synthetic diamonds from tequila.
Science is also capable of epic fails.
- The (false) belief that the Earth is flat.
- Ever-changing theories about the universe.
- Einstein’s theory of relativity.
All of these have now been, well, revised to fit new facts.
And this is, of course, different from intentionally deceptive science — more properly described as “opportunity research” — which can actually cause great harm. Here are just two examples:
- Vaccines being linked to autism by Dr. Andrew Wakefield, who was revealed to have been paid by lawyers (hoping to sue vaccine manufacturers) to violate basic principles of scientific method.
- GMOs being falsely linked cancer in a similar manner by Gilles-Eric Seralini, who also inserted baseless fear into popular perception of the subject.
That sort of science scares me — into wanting to know the truth.
What we eat, how we care for each other, and even our understanding of the world are profoundly affected by science, and in this day and age, most of the world’s knowledge is instantly available to anyone with an inexpensive device about the size of a billfold.
Among the seven billion of us sharing this planet, our views of science are colored by the fundamental temperament of our astrological signs.
The Water Signs
If you’re a Cancer, Scorpio or Pisces, your intuition and mystery can often lead you to reach conclusions that may or may not stand up to the rigors of scientific inquiry. Use your love of intimacy and profound conversation to dive deeply into what may or may not be true, even if it seems completely “wrong” intuitively or doesn’t fit your inner logic (i.e., but I like Enya!).
Then, as the shamans of the zodiac: show us the truth.
The Fire Signs
We fire signs — Aries, Leo and Sagittarius — light up quickly with joy or anger, forgive easily, and tend toward creativity and self-awareness. We have a hard time slowing down and really thinking things through, so we are sometimes prone to believe things like "GMOs can cause cancer" without taking time to follow that rabbit hole to its conclusion — this "scientific fact” was actually a paid-for hoax.
Fire signs: take the time to get ALL the facts before getting worried or anxious. Then, inspire us with your authentic truth-based energy.
The Earth Signs
Taurus, Virgo and Capricorn are rooted in reality, and yet can be delightfully emotional. This makes for a great mix when new scientific facts come along. You’re the ones who laugh hardest at fruit bats having oral sex! You just get it.
Your clear-headed example helps the rest of us navigate difficult scientific truths like climate change, extinction of species and overpopulation.
The Air Signs
The air signs — Gemini, Libra and Aquarius — are the glue that connects us tangibly to scientific discovery. Your communications skills, intellectual and analytical savvy, love of information and philosophical debate make you ringleaders in the scientific circus. Let your advice always be fact-based, and you will keep the rest of us all engaged in the show, whether the truth is easy of hard to take.
There have been more Gemini Nobel Laureates in medicine and physics than any other sign.
Who’s to say that science won’t some day help explain the validity of astrology — or any other belief systems that is currently considered unscientific?
We all need a framework through which to interpret our world.
No judgment here. Whatever works best for you is what works best for you.
I hope your system is working well!
Bill Protzmann is a speaker and life coach on a mission to raise awareness about the power of music as self care. Want to join the music care movement? Check out the Music Care website or sign up for lessons.