Is astrology scientifically correct?

The scientific community has rejected astrology because it lacks explanatory power to describe the universe. Scientific evidence has found no evidence to support the premises or alleged effects described in astrological traditions. Where astrology has made falsifiable predictions, it has been falsified. About a third of Americans believe that astrology is very or more or less scientific.

But does being a Pisces, the rise of Virgo really matter in the eyes of science?. 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 an 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 adjusted the method so that several independent scientists agreed 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. However, 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.

In research I conducted a few years ago, I tested the hypothesis that people are confused between astrology and astronomy, and this is what could explain the apparent widespread belief in the scientific state of astrology. In 1979, Ivan Kelly, from the University of Saskatchewan, demonstrated that the vast majority of studies conducted do not confirm astrological claims and that the few studies that are positive need further clarification. Carlson was very careful in designing the study, ensuring that it conformed to both the requirements of the scientific and astrological communities. Even though scientific studies have never found evidence of the claims astrologers make, some people still think that astrology is scientific.

In astrology, personalized horoscopes are printed by date of birth and make vague predictions usually about the love life, success and health of people under the same horoscope sign. A survey by the National Science Foundation found that 41% of respondents believe that astrology is very scientific or somewhat scientific. Hellenistic astrology describes a causal relationship between the movement of planets and stars and the material world of Earth. Astrology is the belief that the alignment of stars and planets affects the mood, personality and environment of each individual, depending on when he was born.

In the early 1990s, a group of astrologers decided to translate this and other classic works in the hope of recovering something worthwhile. It can be quite difficult to find new studies on astrology and that is because astrology has been refuted from start to finish, and there is very little incentive to carry out additional studies. Modern astrologers today still refer to Jung's interest in astrology as a sign of its legitimacy, even though Jung himself said there was no causal relationship between what happened in the stars and what happened on Earth. The astrological approach to sun signs continued to grow in popularity through newspaper columns in the first half of the 20th century and prospered when the New Age became widespread in the 1960s.

Using a statistical technique known as regression analysis, I discovered, after adjusting for age, sex and education, that people who were particularly likely to think that astronomy was very scientific also thought the same thing about astrology. As with Forer's experiment, he sent thousands of copies of the same horoscope to people of all astrological signs. 94% of readers answered that the reading was accurate and revealing. Whether or not it is true, it is certainly useful, and that is also the position of many modern users of astrology.

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Damian Pestano
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