Grossmont College Astrology and Science Discussion


This is a graded discussion: 50 points possible
due Aug 29
1.1.g: Discussion Board: Astrology, Psychoanalysis, Numerology and Hypnosis: Are they scientific practices?
Read the instructions below and share your answer on the discussion board. Once you have complete your argument, please comment on at least two of
your classmates’ posts with suggestions and/or feedback.
Post due Friday -at 11:59 pm | Comments due Sunday at 11:59 pm
We have, in this first lesson, introduced a widely accepted definition of Science. We will explore now the scientific validity of some social and medical practices such as:
Astrology, Psychoanalysis, Numerology and Hypnosis
All of them uses some scientific knowledge about the natural world, as well as scientific sounding tools, like star charts, calculations, papers, etc. Some people use
astrology and numerology to generate expectations about future events and people’s personalities, others use psychoanalysis and hypnosis to treat mental-health
Some claim that these practices are supported by evidence — the experiences of people who feel that astrology, hypnosis, etc.. have worked for them. But, are they
really scientific ways to answer questions?
Post your answer following these guidelines:
1- Pick ONE of the practices: Astrology, Psychoanalysis, Numerology or Hypnosis
2- Use the Science Checklist to guide your post: Does Astrology (or the one you picked) focus on the natural world?, Does it aim to explain the natural world?, etc..
3- Based on the definition you shared in Assignment 1.1c, is the practice you picked a branch of science?
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