One of the advantages of this blog is that many of those who comment here are more intelligent, better read, better informed and better educated than the blog author, this means that in their comments they question, provoke and suggest all of which provides new food for thought and saves me the trouble of thinking of something new to blog about. One such questioning was provided by the good Dr. Becky in a comment on my second stab at explaining the demise of astrology in academia. She asked quite simply and naively:
Or another question. Why did alchemy, or biblical prophecy, remain important areas for Boyle, Newton etc, but not astrology?
Now of course the answer to this innocent question is anything but simple and my thoughts on the subject can be read here