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Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Why is "Astrology" listed under "Entertainment?"?

Question by The Good Dr.: Why is "Astrology" listed under "Entertainment?"?
Isn't a real and valid science, as is physics or chemistry? I'm confused.


What do you think? Answer below!

13 comments:

  1. Are you telling me you've never been entertained by stars?

    You need to get out more ;-)

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  2. Because there are so many music stars.

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  3. Bill S Preston EsquireDecember 15, 2010 at 8:56 PM

    Okay, you don't like astrology. You made your point. Just let people have their fun with it. There is no need to be angry about it.

    Maybe you are confusing it with astronomy.

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  4. It's not recognized as a valid science of factual data....that being said, I have wondered why it isn't listed under Mythology or Religion/Spirituality.

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  5. It's not "Astrology". It's "Horoscopes".


    Astrologers just hijack it every now and again.

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  6. It could be considered an art, so might fit into the 'Arts and Sciences' section that way, but it does not conform to the current idea of a science.
    Much of our idea of what is and what is not a science has been thought out in recent times by two philosophers, particularly Karl Popper:

    http://www.stephenjaygould.org/ctrl/popper_falsification.html

    Thomas Kuhn was the other one - his ideas seemed sometimes to contradict Karl Popper, as he talked about cases where knowledge did not progress smoothly from one conclusion to the next, but changed direction in jumps or 'paradigm changes'.

    http://www.des.emory.edu/mfp/Kuhnsnap.html




    Thomas Kuhn

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  7. It could be considered an art, so might fit into the 'Arts and Sciences' section that way, but it does not conform to the current idea of a science.
    Much of our idea of what is and what is not a science has been thought out in recent times by two philosophers, particularly Karl Popper:

    http://www.stephenjaygould.org/ctrl/popper_falsification.html

    Thomas Kuhn was the other one - his ideas seemed sometimes to contradict Karl Popper, as he talked about cases where knowledge did not progress smoothly from one conclusion to the next, but changed direction in jumps or 'paradigm changes'.

    http://www.des.emory.edu/mfp/Kuhnsnap.html




    Thomas Kuhn

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  8. people usually check their horoscope when they are bored and have nothing to do. just for time pass because most people know it's not totally real

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  9. There is no one place for all the unproved paranormal stuff on Y!A to go. Though this is very much wanted.

    No, astrology is not a science, it's a form of divination. But it can and has been tested often enough to say that it can not do better than chance.

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  10. There is no one place for all the unproved paranormal stuff on Y!A to go. Though this is very much wanted.

    No, astrology is not a science, it's a form of divination. But it can and has been tested often enough to say that it can not do better than chance.

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  11. no it isnt considered a valid science...more of a theory. Most scientists don't accept astrology as science, more of a tool they use in studying astronomy because the ancients used it as astronomy. If you ask me it should be, but in this country the Christians would protest...government politicians won't allow it because they won't be re-elected.

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  12. Because most posts here are of the sun-sign astrology type (which is what Joe Public thinks astrology is), which IS just entertainment ?

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sun_sign_astrology


    To me, astrology proper is a science. Certainly as valid as any science 'proven' by observation and statistics (eg. medicine).

    Ax
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  13. Entertainment HELLO! Its listed under that because its FUN for some people. Just because you personally don't find it entertaining doesn't mean no one else should!! Just because it NOT A VALID SCIENCE doesn't take away from the fact that sooooo many people study it and have FUN with it!!!!! Maybe you should get out more.........just a thought Dr!

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