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BHA57: Astrology as the Philosophy of Astronomy (Also Some Celebrity Wannabe Cult Leaders)

This week we've got a little bit of a variety hour for you! The first half consists of punching up and having a good laugh at some of the celebrities who have recently tried to become cult leaders -- some more successful than others, and all extremely sick and demented. I go through the strange circumstances of horror-shows like Ezra Miller and R. Kelly, the simply-just-annoying Jared Leto, and manipulative shut-in Athene -- one of the internet's first popular game-streamers who is now running his own sad cult to replace his internet fame.

After that, I take the time to read through a chapter of my book, DIVE MANUAL, and dissect astrology as the philosophy of astronomy. This is a reasonable middle ground that I feel the believer and the skeptic can both settle on as a starting point.

We know that astrology was the foundation of astronomy, and that humans attempted to wrap their heads around some of the many implications that they found in the stars. Furthermore, many concepts like the earth's axial tilt (discovered through astrology) are scientific facts that we hold today. But this of course doesn't mean that astrology in and of itself is actually a science. To say so would be categorically incorrect -- but so say that astrology has no value whatsoever is equally incorrect.

Astrology and its symbols, because of their sheer historical constancy, help us shed light on many archetypal, mythology stories, and help us as well understand the psychological history of our ancestors. And in many ways, concepts like the astrological natal chart were meant to serve as something akin to a symbolic "brain scan" of sorts. Or an attempt at one. By studying the beliefs of our ancestors, even if they are not "factually true", we are studying components of our human existence and its biography that are full of indispensable wisdom. After all, those who do not learn from the past are condemned to repeat it. All this in mind, there are still questions like: what about all the different kinds of astrology, all the forgotten history we have no record of, and what about today's New Age bullshit?

It's all this and even more on this week's episode!

I hope you dig it.

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the AI song memes at the end


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