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Astrology and the New Planets

by ranfuchs (writer), CT, USA, August 21, 2011

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Science predicted the discovery of new, unknown planets: Uranus, Neptune and Pluto. Astrology, on the other hand, explained the discovery in hindsight.

This is a continuation from Why astrology is not scientific, while astronomy is.

Using scientific theories to discover unknown planets, reinforced Newton’s theory of universal gravitation and proved its usability. But there is nothing sacred about Newton or his theories. Had astronomers not found the planets as expected, Newton's Theory of Gravitation would have been falsified, and would have to be replaced by a theory that could better explain the discrepency in the orbit of Uranus.

Meanwhile, astrologers were enthusiastic about these discoveries, which increased the range of heavenly influences they could explain. They were quick to assign power and influence to the three planets, and associate the discovery of each of the planets with events characteristic of these powers. The discovery of Uranus, associated with human rights, rebellion and progress, was related to the American and the French revolutions of 1778 and 1789 respectively. The discovery of Neptune, the planet linked to both cults and the occult, was closely followed by the emergence of a Chinese clerk, Hung Hsiu-Ch'üan, who decided that he was the son of God, and in 1847 attempted to conquer China and establish his own dynasty. It is believed that more then 20 Million people were killed during his Taiping Rebellion. The discovery of Pluto, which rules atomic energy, is associated with Cockcroft and Walton splitting the atom in 1932.

Astrologers forecast; yet there are no known records of astrologers foretelling the discovery of the new planets. No mismatches between astrological observation and earthly events had ever been attributed to unknown heavenly bodies, nor is there any evidence whether adjusting the charts for the new planets has improved the accuracy of astrological predictions. Whatever the reason for the planets’ orbital mismatch might have proved to be, astrology would have remained unchallenged, irrefutable, and therefore, by definition, unscientific.

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By Kent5 on August 21, 2011 at 09:22 pm

Many years ago when I was in college, I took an Intro to Astronomy course and was a little surprised that one of the first things the teacher talked about was the difference between Astronomy and Astrology, as if anyone taking a college class wouldn't already know that.

I always think of astrology as being kind of similar to alcohol -- it's not really useful in any practical way, but it does seem to make some people feel better about life in general, and even helps them socially sometimes.

That's some interesting Chinese history; I'd never known about all that before. Good point about the refutability of scientific theories, also. Many people nowadays seem to accept without question anything called "scientific", much as people in the Middle Ages accepted religious doctrines, without realizing that scientific ideas must be able to stand up to challenges, and capable of being either affirmed or disproven.

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By MUGISHO N.THEOPHILE on August 22, 2011 at 01:30 am

Astrology seems to be leading many people astray as its princliples are unclear. But despite this, many people prefer to consult astrologists who sometimes lie to some and occasionally helps others to cope with life realities. Some astrologists may ask you some questions before responding to your queries. Their aim is to guess what can be the main origins of the problems you have. However, astronomy is a science and it deals with planets. Its principles can easily be verified, which opposes astrology.

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By ranfuchs on August 22, 2011 at 04:40 am

thanks for your insight Mugisho

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By ranfuchs on August 22, 2011 at 04:43 am

@Kent, it's interesting to hear you say that many people accept anything called 'scientific' I find that many people also accept anything that is called 'alternative' whether it is reading coffee, healing, astrology ... As long as it is 'alternative' they would believe in it

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By Kent5 on August 22, 2011 at 02:07 pm

Yes, it's true people believe things for all kinds of irrational reasons. I think it's especially ironic when people accept without questioning anything presented as being scientific, since the very essence of science is supposed to be about questioning things -- a lot of things called 'science' nowadays are not based on the scientific method. A good example is the phrase 'creation science', which is often used to promote biblical theories. Another example is the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of psychiatry, which is often presented as a scientific tool even though everything in it is the result of debates and votes taken by a small group of psychiatrists, rather than any kind of scientific process. A lot of things that are called scientific are really just pseudo-science, or sometimes more like fantasy.

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