What’s Holding Up Progress? Astrology as a Science?
|February 13, 2014||Posted by Staff under Social Change|
This 2014 excerpt of UPI, Feb 11, is by Brooks Hays.
According to a new survey by the National Science Foundation, nearly half of all Americans say astrology is either “very scientific” or “sort of scientific.”
By contrast, 92 percent of the Chinese public think horoscopes are a bunch of baloney.
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.
Not surprisingly, those with less science education and less “factual knowledge” have become increasingly willing to accept astrology as legitimate science.
Young people are also especially inclined to offer astrology scientific legitimacy, with a majority of Americans ages 18 to 24 considering the practice at least “sort of” scientific, and the 25-34 age group is not far behind them.
Ed. Notes: How do old, non-scientific ideas gain popularity while new, provable ideas are so hard to sell to people? One saving grace may be the fact that good new ideas don’t need everyone behind them, or even a majority, but just a critical mass. And whatever else those early adherents believe, that’ll be quite alright.
RichDiesal writes: The new report (PDF) from the National Science Foundation that states that roughly 40% of Americans believe astrology to be scientific turns out to be false; most of those apparently astrology-loving Americans have actually confused astrology with astronomy. In a 100-person Mechanical Turk study with a $5 research budget, I tested this by actually asking people to define astrology. Among those that correctly defined astrology, only 10% believe it to be scientific; among those that confused astrology for astronomy, 92% believe ‘astrology‘ to be scientific.