Is astrology scientifically accurate?

The scientific community has rejected astrology for not having explanatory power to describe the universe. Scientific evidence has found no evidence to support the premises or the alleged effects described in astrological traditions. Where astrology has made falsifiable predictions, it has been falsified. Does the position of astronomical bodies affect a person's life (beyond the basic climate)? Not.

The position and orientation of the sun in relation to the earth do cause seasons. Anyone who has removed snow from their walk in January when they would rather be on the beach can tell you that astronomical bodies definitely affect our lives. Solar flares cause electromagnetic disturbances on Earth that can disrupt satellites and even cause blackouts. The position of the moon causes ocean tides.

If you're a fisherman, the position of the moon can have a significant effect on your livelihood. The solar wind produces beautiful auroras, and sunlight itself is the main source of energy on our planet. But all these effects fall under the umbrella of basic climate, not astrology. Astrology states that astronomical bodies have influence on people's lives beyond basic weather patterns, depending on their date of birth.

Numerous scientific studies have refuted that astronomical bodies affect people's lives according to their date of birth. For example, Peter Hartmann and his collaborators studied more than 4000 people and found no correlation between date of birth and personality or intelligence. In one of the most famous experiments, Shawn Carlson had 28 astrologers make predictions and then tested the accuracy of their predictions. Before conducting the experiment, he fine-tuned the method so that several independent scientists would agree that the method was scientifically sound, and also so that all astrologers would agree that the test was fair.

As published in Nature, he found that astrologers could not better predict the future than chance. These results are consistent with fundamental science. Undoubtedly, many people read their horoscopes just for entertainment or as a topic of conversation. But some people give scientific credit to astrological predictions and consider astrology as a valid way of understanding human behavior.

A surprisingly large amount of scientific research has been carried out to evaluate the claims of astrology over the past 40 years. There is no evidence to support such claims. Throughout its history, astrology has been considered as a science, an art and a form of divinatory magic. But discarding all astrology altogether undermines ideas that ancient practitioners may have had ideas that are impossible to access from our concrete jungles, perpetual digital connectivity, and space exploration.

These ancient astrologers based their interpretations on centuries of observations recorded by the Mesopotamians who preceded them. According to previous studies, women are more likely than men to think that astrology is scientific, regardless of their level of education and knowledge of science. In short, Adorno believed that “astrological ideology resembles” the mentality of the authoritarian personality. For example, people can decide for or against a potential spouse depending on the astrological sign.

In general, astrologers correctly matched one in three cards, so their results were no better than they would be based on random chance. This lack of concern on the part of astrologers had already led the philosopher of science Paul Thagard to declare astrology a pseudoscience in 1978.In 1979, Ivan Kelly of the University of Saskatchewan showed that the vast majority of studies conducted do not confirm astrological claims, and the few studies that are positive need further clarification. So there is no theoretical basis for astrology, there are no practical results, and yet sometimes it seems that astrologers do it well. .

Damian Pestano
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