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    Posted: Feb 13 2014 at 2:30am
http://www.motherjones.com/blue-marble/2014/02/public-opinion-astrology-dumb


"Americans have always had a strange fascination with astrology. First Lady Nancy Reagan famously employed the services of an astrologer after the assassination attempt on her husband. Now UPI reports that according to a new survey by the National Science Foundation, nearly half of all Americans say astrology is either 'very' or 'sort of' scientific. Younger respondents, in particular, were the least likely to regard astrology as unscientific, with 58% of 18 to 24 years olds saying that astrology is scientific (PDF). What's most alarming is that American attitudes about science are moving in the wrong direction. Skepticism of astrology hit an all-time high in 2004, when 66 percent of Americans said astrology was total nonsense. But each year, fewer and fewer respondents have dismissed the connections between star alignment and personality as bunk. Among respondents in the 25 — 44 age group 49% of respondents in the 2012 survey said astrology is either 'very scientific' or 'sort of scientific,' up from 36% in 2010. So what's behind this data? The lead author of the report chapter in question, public opinion specialist John Besley of Michigan State University, cautions that we should probably wait for further data 'to see if it's a real change' before speculating. But, he admits, the apparent increase in astrology belief 'popped out to me when I saw it.'"






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what a shocker
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Americans are just odd.
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We love our superstitions. 
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Cosmology is science, but astrology isn't it's divination. It's mysticism not something testable.
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......................*sigh* it's crazy
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Astrology is fun.
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Originally posted by nitabug nitabug wrote:

Astrology is fun.

/interesting. 


science is fact and tested.. 

i don't think many people take astrology as fact… 
its just cool 

also.. i think some confuse it with astronomy.. 


Edited by coconess - Feb 13 2014 at 10:01am
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