I know millions of people, even in this day and age, are still drawn to the horoscopes page. Even me, I seriously know there isn’t any truth in it, yet I still find myself turning to the horoscopes when I buy my newspaper or mag. I decided to do a bit of research into this horoscope thing and discovered that there is actually a name for people like me who have this temptation to see what the horoscopes say. Its called the Barnum Effect. I didn’t like knowing I was categorized as someone with the tendency to accept as true, information from the horoscopes, even when the information is pretty worthless.
Just for sheer fun, I’ve kept some horoscopes pages and then recently compared them to newer ones. I’ve discovered that they are pretty much no different from previous year’s. Ridiculously unrealistic, I know, but I just find in fascinating and compelling for some obscure reason. In the 21st century, I think it is pretty safe to say in a modern horoscope that ‘you’re going through a difficult time’, because most people, certainly with finances, are battling. But this is fact can be solved in any case by taking a short-term loan with Ferratum. You’ll get your approval answer within minutes, and if approved, you’ll be informed within minutes. Hope is everything, and all we can do is look forward to and hope that today the stars will bring us what we’ve been waiting so long for.
Reading the predictions about our sun signs in the morning paper is very common. Some of us even believe it, and go about our work according to horoscopes. Science has summarily rejected the correctness of astrology, but some people are of a different view.
The idea behind astrology is the effect of stars and other bodies in the universe having an effect on a person’s life. Well they have an effect but what is the effect , cannot predicted even by science. In many countries still people believe that wearing a particular color clothing on a day will improve their luck. It is really amazing how many people believe this.
Reasons behind this belief are:
Exciting – If you know your future you can change it. Doesn’t it look exciting? Yes that is one of the reasons for the popularity and belief in Astrology. We like to take control and what is better than knowing what is going to happen in future.
Unexplained Phenomenon – In spite of science making exponential progress in the last hundred years, it still cannot explain many forces of nature. Yes science can predict rains, but cannot predict how long it will last. Also science has not been able to fully explain death, the enigma which has been confusing generations. Yes DNA has been decoded but life has not.
Some predictions has been accurate – Some of the predictions of astrology has been correct to the point. It might be luck , but it has led to increase in number of believers.
However, the truth is that astrology is not based on facts and is good for entertainment value but not for making decisions.
Every morning newspaper is laden with horoscope. It is an interesting read, but do you believe in it? Most of the people get awed by something right happening in their life as predicted by horoscope. Come on that is just chance and people making living out of it are too clever for you.
There are many indications which we ignore while we believe in crazy horoscopes. Here are a few reasons to believe in your knowledge and not horoscope.
Pay attention to the origin – Just research how the horoscopes started. It is not scientific and based on stars which are themselves history at present. Remember the stars that we see today are not what they actually are. It is the past.
Position of stars – The very things the horoscopes are based on have changed a lot. Since the inception there has been little change in the concepts while the basis of the concept has seen a sea of change.
Sun is just a ball of fire – The chemical reaction of fusion gives sun its energy. It affects us but not in any way as the horoscope says.
Horoscopes are general – How can one paragraph predict about a million people. Just use your brains, and when you observe carefully the texts are just general predictions. You can also make predictions which are similar and will be more accurate for you.
Personality types are fictitious – The personality traits that are listed in a horoscope are all fiction and no facts. Even they have borrowed from Psychology. So why not depend on Science for the predictions.
Born March 5, 1955 in Greenfield, Massachusetts, Penn Jillette is a magician, a philosopher, an all-around entertainer, and one of America’s preeminent skeptics. Not only is Penn a huge voice for the atheist community, but along with his partner Teller, their former Showtime series, Penn & Teller: Bullshit, was one of the network’s top-rated series of all time. On the show, they dealt with everything from the Bible and global warning to recycling and astrology (my personal favorite). While Penn has ended up suffering mass criticism for attacking people’s sacred cows, he continues to stand up for what he believes in: Science and having logic and evidence to put forward if you make a claim.
This is what makes Penn such a great skeptic in America. A lot of people who claim to be skeptics are only skeptical about a certain thing. For instance, many progressive liberals are atheists, and they claim to be skeptics, yet they refuse to show skepticism about socialist theory, feminist theory, or the patriarchy. Instead, they accept what they want to accept on pure faith, while decrying religious people for doing the same. This type of hypocritical skeptic gives skepticism a bad name. Penn attacks everything, even the things he believes in (like NASA), and demands evidence before believing in something. This is what makes a true skeptic.
Not everyone appreciates needing facts to believe; most of the world takes at least something on faith. But as long as there are people out there like Penn Jillette, other skeptics realize that they’re not alone. Requiring evidence to believe is an objective standard which can help the world, not hurt it, and we’d be far better off with more Penns than less Penns.