Opinion: does astrology have any scientific basis?

Opinion: does astrology have any scientific basis?

Most people reading this have had contact with their horoscope at some point and definitely know their zodiac sign.

An example of this is that, according to a survey by, in Britain, 21% of adults seek to consult their horoscopes “frequently” or “very often”. Is it real or was it a waste of time?

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Initially we must ask: what is Astrology? Astrology is the study of the supposed way that stars can influence terrestrial events depending on the day, the hour and even the minutes a person is born.

According to astrologers, the position of the stars can affect the psychological and behavioral characteristics of an individual for the rest of his life and you can find out details about it by making a birth chart to discover his sign, among other ramifications.

The birth chart is a “photograph” of the sky at the time of your birth and depends on the month and day to discover the sun sign (position of the sun), the lunar sign depends on the position of the moon, while the ascendant is the constellation that appears on the eastern horizon. There are 12 signs: Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra or Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius and Pisces.

However, even with so many astrologers confirming the influence of the stars on Earth, are there any scientific studies that strengthen this hypothesis?

Astrology X Astronomy

Astronomy is the science that studies and intends to explain the movements and the origin of celestial bodies in outer space, they research about space-time and many other hypotheses with guided bases. Astrology, on the other hand, is considered a pseudoscience, that is, a set of theories that have a scientific appearance, but that start from false premises and / or that do not use rigorous research methods.

Unlike what many people think, astrology cannot be considered a faith, because it is not based on anything supernatural, for this reason, it tries to pass itself off as a science.

According to studies by the German sociologist Theodore Adorno, there is a connection between this pseudoscience and authoritarianism, both tend to have blind obedience to beliefs and this is at least worrying for the portion of the population that faithfully believes in the influence that the stars have about it, being able to decide important facts in your life based on unreliable sources, such as the way you should act during the day, if your partner has compatibility with your birth chart, among others.

Scientific facts

People who believe in astrology generally fall for the Forer Effect or Barnum Effect. “The Forer effect refers to the tendency that individuals have to evaluate sets of prepositions as highly accurate for them personally, even though the statements can be applied to a huge number of people”, that is, in most cases, you identify yourself and tends to accept vague personal descriptions even though it is a common feature of people of any other date of birth.

This effect was studied in 1948 by a psychologist named Bertram R. Forer. To test his hypothesis, Bertram delivered a personality test to his students and asked each of them to respond according to their personal characteristics and stated that, in the end, he would provide an analysis on each student.

However, the psychologist delivered the same analysis to all students and asked them to rate from 0 to 5 how much identification and compatibility they had with what was written. Result: the average student response was 4.26; in this way, it is possible to identify a pattern of this effect that makes the individual consider a general idea as exclusively applied to it.

In addition to the Forer Effect, there is another effect, which completes this reasoning, which is the Confirmation Víeis, it is a phenomenon that the human being tends to remember, interpret or even deny events in a way that confirms his belief.

Therefore, when someone reads your birth chart, a good part of the characteristics are general and applicable as common sense. The specifics, which may differ from your personality, are automatically selected and excluded in your brain to protect what you already believe that, in this case, would be the veracity of astrology.

In the 1950s, the French psychologist and statistician, Michel Gauquelin, published in a newspaper that he was willing to make the birth chart of people who were interested. He chose 150 of them and asked them to fill in all the information that is usually requested by astrologers.

After the investigation, without them knowing, Michel sent the astral chart characteristic of a serial killer who had committed numerous crimes for the participants. Result: 94% of people responded that that analysis described them perfectly.

In 1985, the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory conducted a double-blind test in which it brought together 28 of the most prestigious astrologers in the world at the time and a group of individuals who were supposed to answer questions regarding their personality on a card. The astrologers made the astral chart for each person separately and, in the end, each received three questionnaires from three different participants and they should compare the chart with the astrological charts they had previously produced to deduce who each one was. .

The chance of a random hit is 1/3 (33%), but assuming that the professionals would have a basis on the subject, the tendency was that the percentage was much more significant. Conclusion: the average percentage of correct answers by astrologers was approximately 33%.

Another idea that many astrologers claim is that the reason that makes stars influence human life is gravity. However, this conclusion goes against Newton and Einstein’s gravitational theory and also against Maxwell’s electromagnetic theory which prove that the effect of stars on people is completely negligible.

What we can get out of all this is that astronomy is not and has never been scientifically proven and reliable, but that it is often taken as entertainment or an agenda for conversations. In that sense, it would be acceptable, as this type of imagination is more common than one imagines.

Many have certain beliefs such as thinking that wearing a team’s shirt while watching the game can bring luck or even think that that specific accessory or “lucky charm” will help you win a job, but none of that changes the course nobody’s life.

Astrology should be seen in this way, as something that can be interesting to analyze, but not enough, because basing your life and decisions on that can be a problem.

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