Pseudoscience Dictionary: Astrology

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Pseudoscience: Consists of statements, beliefs, or practices that are claimed to be both scientific and factual but are incompatible with the scientific method (unproven, not testable, or opposed to the consensus of traditional science).


Astrology

Definition: Astrology is the study of the movements and relative positions of celestial bodies interpreted as having an influence on human affairs and the natural world. Astrology today is the common computation and consultation system used by modern astrologers to explain personality types and factual events of today in terms of planetary movements and positions in their system. This is slightly more complicated than using birth month (which is used in horoscopes, as many people are familiar with), although it is no less accurate.

Reasoning: Astrology is an ancient pseudoscience, its historical form can differ from the modern-day version. Indeed, there are many astrological traditions that vary from culture to culture, many associated with religions. Wide definitions of what constitutes astrology have been provided by historians and anthropologists. Patrick Curry defines astrology most broadly as The practice of relating the heavenly bodies to lives and events on earth and the tradition that has thus been generated.

While astrology may sound scientific there simply isn’t any evidence to suggest that astrology has any impact on human affairs. According to NASA Astrology is not based on science and amounts to pseudoscience.

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Conclusion: Astrology has been debunked and is a pseudoscience that does not influence human affairs or behaviors.

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