Is astrology scientifically proved?

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. 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. Scientifically, astrology has never been proven, but it dates back to the BC era.

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. Even if an astrological setup means trouble, the modern astrologer will describe it as a “growth opportunity”, as if it were a condescending half-manager.

Astrology is glorifying, it gives a sense of communion with the cosmos and promises to bring a little magic to your daily life. Many pseudoscientific treatments, from crystal healing to homeopathy, help people overcome the placebo effect. Even though scientific studies have never found evidence of the claims astrologers make, some people still think that astrology is scientific. Whether or not it is true, it is certainly useful, and that is also the position of many modern users of astrology.

Carlson carried out what is considered to be the most comprehensive test of astrologers' abilities to extract information about their clients from the apparent positions of celestial objects seen from the places and times of their clients' birth. When presented with this verdict, the Federation became a pretzel to give an explanation, ultimately stating that “astrology doesn't always give quantifiable results, but it works anyway. It is reassuring that the number of people in Britain who think that horoscopes are scientific is small. With the variety of astrology that feels good and that pop psychology grows like mushroom spores throughout the millennial Internet covenants, both believers and skeptics are cause for concern.

Compare this with the psychological astrology of the new age, which accentuates too much the internal affairs of mind and spirit, opening up too much space for confirmation bias. In short, Adorno believed that “astrological ideology resembles” the mentality of the authoritarian personality. So there is no theoretical basis for astrology, there are no practical results, and yet sometimes it seems that astrologers do it well. On the other hand, the tendency to be gullible towards astrology is explained, at least partially, by what people know about science, but also by the type of personality traits they have.

At the end of the 19th century, a group of German linguists came across unpublished fragments of Hellenistic astrological texts. Astrology had its heyday in the Mediterranean in the Hellenistic period, a time that took place between the 3rd century BC. and the first century A.D. .

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