21 Mar 2001

From http://www.telegraph.co.uk, March 21

AS an astrologer who specialises in share dealing, Christeen Skinner really ought to have seen it coming.

Half way through an investment challenge against an expert and a four-year-old girl, her portfolio was underperforming. In fact the self-styled financial astrologer, who based her choices on the position of Jupiter, was languishing in third place.

Embarrassingly for her, and Mark Goodson, a private investor with years of experience, Tia Roberts, the four-year-old who randomly picked her shares, was hundreds of pounds up on them.

All three were given an imaginary 5,000 last Thursday to invest in an experiment, run as part of the British Association's National Science Week. At the close of the market on Monday, halfway through the test, Tia's investment was worth 4,956.36, Mr Goodson's 4,756.27 and Mrs Skinner's 4,553.01.

The experiment was organised by Richard Wiseman, a psychologist at Hertford University, Hatfield, who puts the claims of psychics, astrologers and ghost-hunters to the test.

So much for astrologers!

Reginald Perrin
Sunshine Desserts Ltd
Surrey, UK.


The views and opinions stated within this web page are those of the author or authors which wrote them and may not reflect the views and opinions of the ISP or account user which hosts the web page. The opinions may or may not be those of the Chairman of The Skeptic Tank.

Any text written by other authors which may be quoted in part or in full within this coverage of this issue is provided according to U. S. Code Title 17 "Fair Use" dictates which may be reviewed at http://www4.law.cornell.edu/uscode/17/107.html If you're an author of an article and do not wish to allow it to be mirrored or otherwise provided on The Skeptic Tank web site, let us know and it will be removed fairly promptly.

Return to The Skeptic Tank's main Index page.

E-Mail Fredric L. Rice / The Skeptic Tank