Sunday, January 15, 2012
Why you should not read your daily horoscope?
you are probably just wasting your time and maybe even harming yourself if you intend to take it too seriously and make important decisions based on what your zodiac sign tells you. Do you really believe that half a billion people in the world are going to have the same problems and the same rewards as you because you were both born on the same month or under the same zodaic sign? I think not! The horoscopes you can find in newspapers and magazines are not exactly personalized. They want to apply to a large amount of people and end up applying to no one.
Being obsessed with puting everything to the test myself, I had to do a little experiment. Instead of ignoring the horoscope section of the newspaper like usually, I read it. But not just the one for sagittariuses, that is supposed to apply to me, but all of them. And I looked for things that could somehow describe the problems and other things I was currently having. And I must say, I did find some lines that could apply to me, but they were not under the half man half horse sign.
Although I don`t know if the guys who write this nonsense they call horoscope, spend hours looking at the stars and planets trying read them, before they start writing or do they just put together a few Barnum statements* for each sign and call it a night, I know they can`t be true either way. I did some reading and I read that astrology doesn`t even take into account all the major bodies in our Solar system, let alone all those in our galaxy or the hundreds of billions of other galaxies in the Universe. If they are trying to see connections between astronomical phenomena and events in our world, then shouldn`t they consider the full picture with everything on it?
Modern scientists consider astrology a pseudosciense as astrology has repeatedly failed to demonstrate it`s effectiveness in controlled studies. So why a lot of people in all parts of the world continue to read and belive horoscopes? Well, some scientists have suggested that much of the continued faith in astrology could be psychologically explained as a matter of cognitive bias. In other words, irrationality.
Adverse to what would seem rational, people continue to have faith in astrology. I ask, why is that so? To they eager to know what the future brings or to they just seek for guidance in their lives? Could be either. But if one would want to point a finger at somebody or something then it has to me media. People working in media are mostly college-bred. They should really know better. They shouldn`t print this quite possibly harmful fiction. But they do. Why? They don`t wanna lose readers and therefore money. Alot of people read horoscopes and if one newspaper would stop printing them, they would most likely start to order another one.
Well we have quite the situation here, don`t we? Newspapers can`t stop printing horoscopes as it could result the sales to fall. So what could be done for stopping this nonsense? The governments could forbid the printing of horoscopes, but even if horoscopes are possibly dangerouse, it would still feel like taking a toy from a child because it`s not rational to spend time playing. So the question remains. I personally think that every once in a while media should publish articles on why astrology isn`t reliable. And then maybe after some time has passed, they could drop printing them at all.
In conclusion I must say that maybe there is a relationship between astronomical phenomena and the events in our world, but we can`t use one do predict the other. At least not with the methods used so far. And if to be hones with you, I don`t even find it a loss. I think that it`s for the best. If we could actually predict future, then it would be as dull as watching an episode of your favourite soap after reading the summary of the episode from TV guide.
Now tell me what do you think of astrology? Do you read your daily horoscope?
Sorry for this part but a fellow blogger asked to promote her website about the 2012 - end of the world theory. www.2012-endoftheworld.com/ So if you have a few extra minutes, then there are some interesting articles you could read.
*Barnum statements are statements that people find personally unique and meaningful, but the statements could be applied to just about anybody. e.g You've gone through a lot of ups and downs over the past few years, emotionally and financially, and that has caused some stress in your life.
Posted by psychology-knowledge at 11:48 PM