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David R. Hilbert
David R. Hilbert über Astrologie
In: Color and Color Perception. A Study in Anthropocentric Realism. Stanford: CSLI, 1987. S.13
   The mistake made by astrologers is not in supposing that the heavens can be divided into various constellations. Dividing the heavens in this way is a more or less arbitrary task, but once it has been done the divisions are perfectly objective. The mistake in astrology is to suppose that these divisions are meaningful in terms of their causal relations to human fortune. The problem with astrology is a belief in bizarre causal laws, not an arbitrary structure imposed upon the stars.
   Although the division of the heavens into constellations is arbitrary, it is nevertheless useful to astronomers. Astronomy requires some method of referring to the locations of stars in the celestial sphere, and the use of constellations fulfills at least part of this function. Although more precise systems exist, the use of constellations for locating stars allows one to find a star in the heavens without instruments and without having to visually estimate such quantities as right ascension.
David R. Hilbert: Color and Color Perception. A Study in Anthropocentric Realism. Stanford: CSLI, 1987. S.13
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