Why do we think astrology is a religion
The idea that astrology can be an entirely scientific theory has long been dismissed by scientists as far fetched and scientifically unproven.
But as a new study published in the Journal of Astrology found, astrology might actually be a religion.
The researchers used the Astrological Observations Database (AOID) to study astrology and find correlations between astrology practices and specific religious beliefs.
They found that there are some correlations that scientists have found in other scientific studies, but these weren’t directly tied to astrology.
For example, astrological beliefs tend to predict things like life expectancy, health, longevity, and other things that are directly tied with the physical body, like how strong a person is.
Astrology also predicts the future and how people will behave in certain situations, like a person’s chances of surviving a zombie apocalypse.
The findings are a bit surprising, said lead author Emily Schafer, a doctoral student at the University of Iowa in Iowa City.
“It’s a very interesting observation,” she said.
“It could be a coincidence.
I don’t know.”
The study’s other finding is that astrolograms are not simply a subset of astrology beliefs, but that the correlations between certain practices and particular religious beliefs might be deeper than scientists initially thought.
For instance, Schafer said, some astrologists may think that life expectancy is tied to how long a person has lived.
But the research also found that this correlation could be due to the relationship between a person and the planets.
“We also found this correlation between astrology and the belief that life is short,” she explained.
Astrological observations can tell us a lot about the way people think and behave, and sometimes these things may overlap, said study co-author Eric Burtch, a research scientist in the Department of Psychology at the U of I.
Burtch is also a former graduate student in Schafer’s lab.
“The data shows that when people have a positive belief in life, they tend to be more pessimistic about the world,” he said.
“I don’t think that’s a coincidence, but I think there’s a link there.”
The scientists say this finding could help scientists understand how certain practices might influence religious beliefs, including the idea that people are born with certain traits, such as good luck or the ability to solve problems.
“What we know is that people tend to have these negative beliefs and we want to understand why,” Burtk said.
For this study, Burtz and Schafer looked at how people’s beliefs about the planets, life expectancy and death rates changed over time.
“Astrology is one of those fields that is not very well understood.
It’s a fairly obscure science, and we’re interested in understanding how the beliefs of people change over time,” Bressch said.
Schafer said that astrologers might be able to gain some insight into why some practices and beliefs are more common in certain groups than others.
“In particular, we know that certain practices are more prevalent in certain religious groups, but people tend not to necessarily think of astrologer as an expert in astrology,” she noted.
“So we would like to understand how people may be able learn more about astrology.”
The researchers say their findings may help scientists better understand why some people are more likely to believe in certain practices than others, and could help them understand the way religious practices can influence how people perceive the world.
“When we look at the religious beliefs of religious people, we find that they tend not only to be highly correlated, but also that they’re also highly correlated with the behaviors and beliefs that are associated with them,” Schafer added.
“For example if you think about what people believe in a particular faith, we found that people who hold a negative belief in the planets tend to believe that the planets are very close to the sun, or the sun is a good source of light for people, or they believe that certain people are less lucky than others.”