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Researchers demonstrate scientific principle of astrology Skeptics must be further bewildered by the new research published in Nature Neuroscience and conducted at Vanderbilt University which unintentionally provides scientific support for the fundamental principle of astrology -- namely, that the position of the planets at your time of birth influences your personality.
In this study, not only did the birth month impact personality; it also resulted in measurable functional changes in the brain.
Environmental factors, particularly light, can markedly influence neural development1, 2, 3, 4, 5. It is known that seasonal light input can acutely reorganize the mature biological clock located in the suprachiasmatic nuclei (SCN)6, but whether development under different seasonal photoperiods can imprint the mammalian circadian clock is unknown. We exposed mice to different seasonal developmental photoperiods (short day, light:dark (LD) 8:16; long day, 16:8) until weaning, followed by 4 weeks of a matching or counter-balanced continuation seasonal photoperiod. At approximately 7 weeks of age, we either assayed the properties of their SCN circadian clocks by ex vivo imaging of a dynamic fluorescent reporter of circadian gene activity (as in ref. 7, see Supplementary Methods) or recorded wheel-running behavior in constant darkness (Supplementary Fig. 1). All animal care was conducted in accordance with Vanderbilt University Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee guidelines. In mature mice raised on LD 12:12 light cycles, seasonal photoperiod has been shown to be encoded by altering the relative peak times of individual neuronal electrical or molecular rhythms in the SCN, with long days eliciting more dispersed timing of neuronal rhythms and a broadened overall rhythmic waveform, and short days eliciting an increased degree of neuronal synchrony and a narrowed SCN waveform8, 9, 10. Analysis of the main effects of the proximal continuation photoperiod with our mouse line and reporter imaging method revealed similar findings, with long days eliciting SCN molecular waveform broadening, primarily as a result of increased variation in the phases of individual clock neurons, but with substantial changes in neuronal waveform and period as well (Supplementary Results, Supplementary Fig. 2 and Supplementary Table 1).
The theory of astrology isn't really a theory until some causal mechanism is proposed, and as long as that mechanism is magic, we shouldn't take it too seriously.
As there is no causal explanation for the random mutations, it is as if they appear by magic
we found that the perinatal photoperiod has lasting effects on the circadian rhythms
These results indicate that there is an environmental imprinting of the mammalian circadian clock
unintentionally provides scientific support for the fundamental principle of astrology -- namely, that the position of the planets at your time of birth influences your personality
As far as I know the cause of most mutations is errors in the reproduction of DNA.
Originally posted by Titen-Sxull
reply to post by GirlGenius
Magic is never called for in science. Any intellectually honest scientist will admit that there is plenty that we just don't know about the Universe rather than invoking magic or god(s) to fill the gaps in knowledge. I don't know of any evolutionary biologist who would invoke magic to explain mutations which, as I stated, are fairly well understood at this point.
The seasonal imprinting of the biological clock that we found likely has further implications for circadian-influenced neurobehavioral disorders. Perinatal exposure to winter-like seasonal light cycles identical to our procedure induces persistent elevated depressive and anxiety-like behaviors in rodents14, and winter-born humans exhibit enhanced rates and severity of seasonal affective disorder, as well as elevated risk of bipolar disorder and schizophrenia6. In addition, individuals with seasonal affective disorder also exhibit enhanced circadian responses to seasonal light cycles15, similar to the short day–matured mice that we used. An understanding of the mechanisms by which seasonal stimuli shape the circadian system during development may contribute to understanding the neural basis of seasonality and the influence of season on neurobehavioral disorders.
Perinatal exposure to winter-like seasonal light cycles identical to our procedure induces persistent elevated depressive and anxiety-like behaviors in rodents...
and will not go too much further until "legitimate" sciences and "illegitimate" sciences are merged.
Originally posted by Titen-Sxull
There's a reason the legitimate sciences are called the legitimate sciences, because they employ the actual scientific method. So called "illegitimate" sciences such as astrology, new age pseudoscience, etc will never be merged with actual science because they don't rely on experiments or the scientific method.
Originally posted by Pervius
Once a women is impregnated put her in a Faraday Cage and leave her in it until she gives birth.
Leave the child in the Faraday Cage until he's 5.
I bet you'd find the kid would be in a coma or a vegetable.
Astrobiology explains which souls can enter a new physical body. It shows when their door is opened to enter Earth and claim a piece of meat to exist within.
By using a Faraday Cage in the manner above I believe Astrobiology could be proven as fact.