Astrology is a pseudoscience that imagines the places where the sun, moon and planets were when a child was born affect that child’s character and destiny. Very many proper scientific studies have shown that astrology doesn’t make sense.
The gravity of the planet Mars for example has less effect on a newborn child than the gravity of the doctor that delivers the child. Astrologers have to imagine that any emanation from a planet is stronger than gravity but despite its strength hasn’t been detected. Astrologers also should explain why these supposed emanations affect a child at birth but not when the child is in the womb. The brick, concrete and other material that makes a hospital or other building where a child is born don’t shield that child from astrological influences but somehow it seems to be assumed, the mother’s body does shield the child before birth.
Astrology does harm if people do things like planning their families to get their children born under particular star signs. If people believe that everything is decided by positions of whatever when they were born they may not do enough to put right what’s wrong in their lives. One author thinks people choose to believe astrology because they imagine it gives them a system where things are predicted but doesn’t have the rules and priests requiring obedience and other difficulties with conventional religion.
- Astrology: Fraud or Superstition?
- Astronomical Pseudo-Science: A Skeptic's Resource List (Version 3.0; August 2003)
- Activities with Astrology
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