Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Astrology = Pseudoscience

Astrology is one of the most widely accepted forms of pseudoscience in the U.S. It works under the belief that celestial bodies have an effect on human behavior. Many of the horoscopes that are formed are based off of very vague predictions or general assumptions about the future or ones personality. The falsehoods can be seen by browsing the plethora of apps and websites that provide daily horoscopes. Many of these horoscopes make claims that cannot be measured or tested, or are so vague that they might seem to be observed in almost any daily activity. When comparing some of the horoscopes from different sights, some of them even contradict each other. At the end of the day, many people enjoy the idea of astrology because it lets them believe that there is some other entity  controlling their everyday life, and that can be comforting.


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3 comments:

  1. Hi, Cameron! I think it is very interesting that you discussed astrology. My mom is an avid believer at the accuracy of astrology. I have to agree with my mom, I've looked up my friends astrological signs and they are pretty accurate. I've even looked up my astrological sign (I'm a Leo) and for the most part it's pretty accurate. If anyone is reading this comment, please share your astrological sign!

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  2. Hi Cameron. I really liked reading your post on how you view astrology as a pseudoscience and I agree with your thoughts. The fact that astrology lacks concrete, empirical data, makes it clear that it can be perceived as a pseudoscience. It may be believable by naive or even fair-minded thinkers given how vague and broad they are when it comes to horoscopes. Although I don't believe in it completely, I too still have to wonder if it has anything to do with my own life as a Virgo.

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  3. Hey Cameron,
    I have always been one of those people who has been incredibly skeptical on the believability of horoscopes. It always seemed too far fetched to believe that how being born at a certain time has such a deep meaning to that person's personality on such a daily basis. Like you said, I feel like horoscopes can just be so vague and do not provide much accuracy. However, I will admit that my skepticism most likely comes from my lack of understanding of astrology in general. It is just not something I have ever done much research on. Despite this, I really enjoyed your post and would not mind learning more on similar subjects in order to better my understanding.
    -Rocco Pantina

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