from Gary Lorentzen
I find it
unbelievable and unacceptable that an academician like John Silber should
attempt to denigrate a genuine effort to examine the role astrology has
played in human intellectual development and the course of civilization.
His criticism of Kepler College, a four-year institution of higher
education in the State of Washington authorized to grant degrees in
Astrological Studies, is based on his prejudice and ignorance, and not on
an intellectual, rational or objective argument. It was, in short, and
emotional diatribe, unworthy of his position at the helm of a major
always thought that colleges and universities were supposed to be bastions
of free thought and open exchange of ideas. Silber's attitude is both
anti-intellectual and arrogant, and he's unbelievably misinformed about
what astrology is or even who Johannes Kepler really was. (Kepler was "Matematicus"
at Charles University in Prague. The title was for the
"astronomer-astrologer" chair there. There was absolutely no separation
between Mathematics, Astronomy and Astrology at the time. Most of Kepler's
written work was in the area that we now call "astrology," with only three
of his treatises now deemed "scientific.")
should need any further tutorial in Medieval Studies, he's welcome to
contact me and I'll help him get his facts straight.
M.A. Germanic Medieval Studies
Kepler College Trustee
here for more information on Kepler College.