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Research into Astrology Made Accessible

Tests of Astrology: A Critical Review of Hundreds of Studies. By Geoffrey Dean, Arthur Mather, David Nias, and Rudolf Smit. Ain Publications, Amsterdam, 2016. ISBN 978-90-824929-0-3. Softcover, 484 pages, 44 euros (about $47) posted airmail to any country direct from the publisher (wout.heukelom@hetnet.nl). Not available in bookshops. Pay by direct ebank transfer or PayPal.

Astrology can be a frustrating topic. Roughly half of the world’s population believes in it; scientists and skeptics reject it; and astrologers disagree on fundamentals.

Perhaps the biggest challenge for investigators of astrology is actually finding empirical studies, only some of which (perhaps a third) can be accessed via academic databases. The rest are hard to find, which is where this important book, Tests of Astrology, comes in. It describes and evaluates hundreds of studies from books, journals, and PhD theses since the 1920s, which is when empirical testing was getting under way. Most are in English; the rest are in Dutch, French, German, or Spanish. It includes studies conducted in 2015, so the period spans nearly a century.

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