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What other tests of astrology can you come up with? Perhaps you might try
setting up a study of astrology predictions with your classmates and friends.
Ask them about what happened to them yesterday and then compare that to what
the horoscope in the newspaper said should have happened. Should you look at
their horoscope before you ask them what happened? Would that bias how you
interpret what they tell you or would it help you ask appropriate questions
to jog their memory? If your astronomy class is large enough and everyone in the
class is involved in the study, you will probably have several people sharing the
same zodiac sign and comparisons can be made. Be sure to
keep track of both positive and negative results. You will need to decide how much
of the horoscope prediction should be valid (the whole thing or at least one point?).
Your astronomy professor may have other suggestions for possible tests.
- Andrew Fraknoi's Astrology Defense
Kit. Select the link to view it in a new window.
- Andrew Fraknoi's pseudoscience
bibliography. Select the link to view it in a new window.
- Nick Strobel's Pseudoscience vs. Science.
Select the link to view it in a new window.
- Carl Sagan's book "The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark", 1996, published by Ballantine Books.
- Robert Park's "Seven Warning Signs of Bogus Science", Chronicle Review , vol. 49 (issue 21), page B20.
Select the link to view an annotated version in a new window (Strobel gives some clarifications.)
- Kendrick Frazier's article in Skeptical Inquirer vol. 10,
Spring 1986 ``Double-blind Test of Astrology Avoids Bias, Still Refutes
the Astrological Hypothesis''. Reprinted in The Outer Edge p. 40,
eds. Nickell, Karr, & Genoni (CSICOP, Inc., 1996).
- Ray Hyman's article in The Zetetic Spring/Summer 1977 ```Cold
Reading': How to Convince Strangers That You Know All About Them''.
Reprinted in The Outer Edge p. 70.
- Paul Kurtz's and Andrew Fraknoi's article in Skeptical Inquirer
vol. 9, Spring 1985 ``Scientific Tests of Astrology Do Not Support Its
Claims''. Reprinted in The Outer Edge p. 36.
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