Open Challenge to Astrologers
An Open Challenge to Astrologers by ANS
to predict the forthcoming Parliament Election (2014) Results
Debunking of Pseudo Science on National Science Day
ANS has all the while confronted the astrologers for their claim that astrology is science. It had challenged their predictions which are based on pseudo science. Sometimes the challenges were accepted by some astrologers, modus operandi was discussed in detail but at the last moment the concerned persons withdrew their acceptance of challenge. As such the process never took place. However on this National Science Day ANS is once again challenging the astrologers of all over India to predict the results of forthcoming election in detail and once for all come to some conclusion.
What is this Challenge?
During forthcoming months, the elections will be held to elect the Members of Parliament all over India. There are astrologers who claim that they can predict the results up to the last point using planet positions or their paranormal intelligence or expertise and experience in predictions. ANS is giving an opportunity to win Rs 21 Lakhs to those who would like to predict all the results correctly.
Astrological predictions are commonly used to predict the major events and happenings in individual life and also corrective measures based on the planet positions. But none of the claims are fool proof and most of the times solely depend upon chance predictions like the predictions in tossing the coins which will be statistically 50 % correct. Even if we forget the predictions of distant future, astrologers should at least predict correctly the events which occur at very near present.
Though astrology failed to satisfy the criteria laid by science, still UGC tried to introduce the subject in Universities all over India. However UGC did not succeed in Maharashtra due to strong opposition by ANS. If the business of astrology is not based on scientific principles then one should treat it as a commercial venture and subject its predictions under Consumers Act. If predictions of astrologers are not satisfying the consumers, they should be forced to pay back the fees and punished as per prevailing laws and rules.
In one of the earlier attempts to debunk the claims of Astrologers ANS, IUCAA and Statistical Dept of UOP jointly challenged them in 2008. However predictions of participating astrologers did not cross even 50 % bench mark. In fact most celebrity astrologers boycotted the challenge on one or the other pretext. Perhaps they might have predicted correctly their failures in such a test!
ANS has designed a form (Download link given below) to be filled by the participating astrologers which includes party-wise results, alliance-wise results, state-wise results, percentages scored, the results of a few noted candidates etc. Those who would like to accept the challenge they should fill the proforma provided and sent to the following address along with a cheque/DD of Rs 5000 as deposit payable to Andhashraddha Nirmoolan Samiti, Maharashtra:
Dr. Nitin Shinde,
Kalptaru, Opp Karmveer Bhaurao Patil College,
ISLAMPUR, Dist Sangali, 415409
The Evaluation of predictions will be done by a committee consisting of Researchers, Political Analysts, Mathematicians, Astronomers, Astrologers etc. The process is quite transparent.
Avinash Patil Nitin Shinde Prakash Ghatpande