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For those less interested in political wranglings among skeptics and more interested in examining the scientific data vis a vis the relation of Mar's position at birth to success as an athlete, I include the following (non-exhaustive) list of references to scientific articles on the Gauquelins' "Mars effect"; for those who do not know, this was only one of many findings by the Gauquelins: The original work: Gauquelin, M., & Gauquelin, F., Series C, Vol. 2, "The Mars Temperament and Sports Champions." Laboratoire d'Etude des Relations Entre Rythmes Cosmiques et Psychophysiologiques (LERRCP), 8 Rue Amyot, Paris 75005, France. Subsequent work: Ertel, S. (1988). Raising the hurdle for the athletes' Mars Effect: association co-varies with eminence. Journal of Scientific Exploration, Vol. 2, pp. 58-82. Gauquelin, M. (1979). The Mars Effect and the Sports Champions. A New Replication. Series D: Scientific Documents, Vol. 6. Paris: LERRCP. Gauquelin, M. (1984). Profession and heredity experiments: computer re-analysis and new investigations on the same material. Correlation, Vol. 4, pp. 8-24. Unfortunately, the only reference I can find for the replication of the effect by the Belgian Committee for the Scientific Study of Paranormal Phenomena (who obtained an effect with a probability less than .01, that is, the effect could occur by chance 1 in 100 times in a Chi-squared analysis) is: Dean, G. (1977). Recent advances in natal astrology: a critical review 1900-1976 (pp. 384-385). Southampton: Camelot Press. Dean comments that: "[the same effects] were duplicated independently by the very highly skeptical Belgian Committee for the Scientific Study of Paranormal Phenomena (a committee composed of leading scientists) using an independent sample of 535 Belgian sportsmen." (p. 385)

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