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Roy Barrows

"Allergic to mediocrity"

Melrose, MA, USA
Speaks: English
Joined Nov 19, 2013
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Hometown Kennebunk. ME USA 
Birthday Jan 01  
Languages English  
About Me Enough butterflies already!

My profile:

Name: Roy, but I prefer my nickname, which is RRRR (pronounced like a growl) Yes, really.

Zodiac: Skeptic
Height: 185 cm 6' 1"
Weight: 96 kg 211 lbs
Country: USA
City: Near Boston MA
Eyes: Two
Hair: You're kidding, right?
Occupation: Classical music composer & teacher
Kids: none
Languages spoken: English

I can write haiku
About almost anything.
See? I told you so.

My personality traits are: Weird, nonconformist, creative, logical, strong, kind, communicative, loyal, chivalrous, honest, curious, intellectual, uninhibited

I like these kinds of music: Classical, jazz
I usually read: Books & magazines, but not minds

I like to go out to: Classical concerts, museums, ride my motorcycle

I like these physical activities: Weight-lifting, swimming, bicycling, sex

Other interests: Reading, writing, science (especially astronomy), politics, animal rescue, movies (especially old movies: Marx Brothers, Chaplin, Bogart, etc.), Godzilla

More about me:

I am not too weird, just weird enough. I am part serious, part rotten little kid. I have a good head on my shoulders, which is a good thing because if it were on some other part of my body, it just wouldn't look right. I enjoy doing the things others say they want to try (such as skydiving and bungee jumping), but seldom actually do. (When I am old and look back on my life, I do not want to regret risks I did not take.) I gave up religion for Lent. I am politically aware, but definitely not politically correct. I have often volunteered to help animal rescue organizations with animal adoptions. The environment is a top priority when I support a candidate. I loathe G.W. Bush and was glad to see him go... Conformists, political conservatives and so forth, leave me alone, you've done enough damage. I do over 200 voice impressions. Yes, really. Order now, operators standing by.

The Delusion of Religion:

Proving that Prayer Is Superstition:

Proving that the Bible is Repulsive:
Astrologers fail to predict proof they are wrong

Love not in the stars

Lonely hearts who turn to horoscopes to find their perfect partner are wasting their time, according to the largest test of astrology ever carried out

Why Astrology Is Retarded

The fact that so many people (mostly female) are so impervious to logic as to actually believe in astrology is one of the things that annoys me to no end. In a modest attempt to set this right, I offer the following brief explanation of why astrology is retarded.

For astrology to have even the slightest claim of validity, it would have to be demonstrated that the positions of the planets against the stellar background exert some kind of force that can effect events on Earth. The forces in the universe include electromagnetism, gravity, and the strong and weak forces. The strong and weak forces act only on a subatomic scale, and can therefore be eliminated from consideration, so we are left with gravity and electromagnetism. What if I were to tell you (with complete accuracy) that the mother who gives birth to a baby exerts a stronger gravitational pull on the baby than do all the planets in our solar system combined? Gravitation can therefore be eliminated. What if I were to tell you (also with complete accuracy) that a single light bulb in the room in which a baby is born has a stronger electromagnetic effect on the baby than does the entire rest of the universe combined? The same could be said for a single candle in the delivery room, in the event of a power failure. In fact, even if the child were born in total darkness, the same could be said of the electromagnetism of his own nervous system. Would you still hold even a shred of belief? Besides, exactly how would the electromagnetism of any planet penetrate the walls and ceilings of a delivery room? (These data are not at all esoteric; they are of the level covered in high-school science classes.)

There is a scientific maxim that extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence, but for astrology there is not a shred of such evidence. Astrologers will point to the .01% of their predictions that even come close to coming true, but ignore the other 99.9% of the predictions that are completely false. No scientist would ever boast with such a record. You will not find a single science department at ANY accredited university in the world that has a single class devoted to the study of astrology, except perhaps to debunk it in classes offered to nonscience majors. (Go to the astronomy department of any accredited university and see if you can find even one astronomer there who believes in astrology. They'll look at you as if you're an idiot, and with justification.) I doubt that you could find a single living reputable scientist who believes in such rot. In fact, for many decades, scientists have become increasingly alarmed that so many people allow themselves to hold such superstitious beliefs.

There is even an organization that has, for decades, offered a $1,000,000 prize for anyone who can prove, under scientifically controlled circumstances, that ANY supernatural powers (astrology, psychic phenomena, or otherwise) can be demonstrated; no one has won it.

Sure, the planets have specific positions at specific times relative to each other against the stellar background, which has been arbitrarily divided by people, not nature, into constellations. But if the plane of the planets' orbits happened to be just slightly different, the constellations of the zodiac would not be what they are now, and they're not what they were thousands of years ago, nor what they will be thousands of years from now because each star in them moves independently of each other in different directions. For example, what is now called the Big Dipper because of its resemblance to a ladle will, in a few thousand years, more closely resemble a shoe. Perhaps then it'll be called the Big Slipper. Likewise, if humans happened to evolve only slightly more slowly (or rapidly), the constellations would not appear as they do now.

Additionally, because of precession, the sun does not actually lie in the same constellations as it formerly did in bygone ages. Therefore, everyone's astrological sign is off by one. Some one to whom astrologers would refer as a Libra is actually a Virgo, for example, because that's where the sun lay when that person was born.

Also, if the surrounding interstellar nebulae were shaped rather differently, the constellations would have a completely different appearance because the light of some stars currently obscured would then reach us, and the light of others we now see would not.

Yes, the moon is close enough for its gravitational pull to have an effect on Earth, but there is absolutely NO evidence that it influences people's behavior, personal characteristics, or other events on Earth beyond its tidal forces aside from menstruation, but that's a biological phenomenon, not an astronomical one. (Maybe that's one reason why females are more prone to believing it, as if they are the centers of the solar system.) Moreover, the Moons gravity does not vary according to its phase, as astrologers claim. However, the planets' gravity is so weak that it has no effect on anyone. As I said, a baby's mother has a greater gravitational effect during childbirth than do all the planets in the solar system combined. That doesn't bode well for any claims for the validity of astrology.

Really, it's sad that people look to superstitions such as astrology when anyone with a high-school scientific education, the slightest understanding of how the universe formed, and even a modicum of logic ought to be able to figure out that there is no rational basis for believing that astrology has even the slightest validity. It's so retarded as to be offensive to me. I wonder why so many clueless people cling to such mundane superstitions when real science offers far more fascinating possibilities.

Apparently your horoscope did not account for any of this.
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Activist Aspirations Casual
Political Leaning Moderate
Religions none  
Eating Habits Vegetarian  
Wild Fact About Me If you don't bother to read it in my profile or see it in my pics, you don't deserve to know.
My Philosophy Think of every great book or film you've ever seen. Who are the most interesting characters, the normal ones or the weird ones? The same applies to life. Think of EVERY great symphony, EVERY great scientific advance, EVERY great painting, EVERY great poem, EVERY great discovery, EVERY great novel. All were accomplished by weird people. No normal person ever has or ever could do such things. "Normal," of course, means of the norm, average, conventional... BORING!
What Gives Me Hope Sneakers
If I were Mayor, I'd make the world a better place by Do almost everything exactly the opposite to what Bush did after he stole the election in 2000, that drooling imbecile.
What/who changed my life and why Sneakers
What Bugs Me  
What Scares Me  
Role Models chico marx, Harpo Marx, groucho marx, Stephen Hawking, Albert Einstein, mozart, beethoven  
Quotation "Outside of a dog, a book is Man's best friend. Inside of a dog, it's much too dark to read." (Groucho Marx)
"You are what you are through birth. I am what I am through myself. There have been and will be a thousand princes, but there is only one Beethoven." (Ludwig van Beethoven to Prince Lichnovsky)
Interests Wildlife, pets, Biodiversity, Movies, Music, Paleontology, Ecology, Biology, Physics, Politics, Entertainment, Environment, Evolution, Extra-Terrestrials, Fitness, Space Exploration, Humor, History, Haiku:, I can write haiku, About a  
Music Beethoven, Mozart, Bach, Tchaikovsky, Schubert, Dvorak, Chopin, Brahms, Sibelius... you get the idea  
Movies usually old movies: Marx Brothers, Chaplin, Bogart, etc., Godzilla, 2001: A Space Odyssey  
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Can't Live Without Air, water, food... what a stupid question  
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