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As astrology goes mainstream, will Big Science start to accommodate it?

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Astrology Signs Chart For Big Science, credibility is tied up with money. And what happens when those who control the money believe that astrology is just as legitimate as quantum mechanics? Krista Burton professes and justifies her beliefs at the New York Times:

Is Astrology Religion for Those of Us With No Religion?

Major beauty brands like Glossier, Aveda and Dr. Brandt have crystal- and gemstone-enhanced products. You can buy clear quartz yoni eggs off Instagram to tap the inherent chakral sexual energy radiating from your genitals. And people who say things like “Oh! You’re a Gemini? That makes so much sense” in public are met with solemn nods, not scorn.

Why is all of this so trendy now, though? Is astrology a religion for those of us with no religion? Are we, the hated millennials, obsessed with the idea of glimpsing our future because it feels terrifying and President Trump is going to get us all nuked anyway? Is it easier to just buy a heart-shaped rose quartz than deal with feelings or existential questions or to work on ourselves?

Nah.

The meteoric rise of New Age practices may be trendy, but it’s one way millennials are acknowledging that the current system isn’t working. We’re trying out new things that are actually old things; we’re seeing what else could make life a little more meaningful, a little more bearable. More.

It makes life more bearable? Maybe and the millennials will want validation for it, probably from the only source of authority they know, science. Stay tuned.

See also: At CSICOP: Why millennials and liberals turn to astrology

and

Sceptic asks, why do people who abandon religion embrace superstition? Belief in God is declining and belief in ghosts and witches is rising

4 Replies to “As astrology goes mainstream, will Big Science start to accommodate it?

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    john_a_designer says:

    “There is a God-shaped vacuum in the heart of each man which cannot be satisfied by any created thing…”

    –Blaise Pascal

    Pascal went on to say that it can only be satisfied “by God the Creator, made known through Jesus Christ.”

    Atheistic naturalism/materialism provides no answers to mankind’s deepest spiritual and moral needs. It is a morally, spiritually and intellectually bankrupt world view, yet many people irrationally and absurdly cling to it. Why? They cannot give a rational explanation. They do not know but don’t even know they don’t know…

    I made the same comment here:

    https://uncommondescent.com/philosophy/william-lane-craig-is-there-meaning-to-life/#comment-660947

    It explains a lot, doesn’t it?

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    Seversky says:

    john_a_designer @ 1

    Atheistic naturalism/materialism provides no answers to mankind’s deepest spiritual and moral needs.

    I agree. It can’t. But if you assume there is no God then we are forced to confront the reality that we are on our own, we are all we have so where do we go from here?

    It is a morally, spiritually and intellectually bankrupt world view, yet many people irrationally and absurdly cling to it.

    If atheism, by definition, cannot provide moral and spiritual guidance then calling it bankrupt for not doing what it cannot do is unfair. That does not prevent us from constructing “worldviews” and moral codes that are atheist.

    Why? They cannot give a rational explanation. They do not know but don’t even know they don’t know…

    As I said, atheists can construct rational worldviews and moral codes. It’s just that they cannot appeal to the unquestionable authority of some deity to support them.

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    EDTA says:

    >”…but it’s one way millennials are acknowledging that the current system isn’t working.”

    Saying that we (the West, the US, whatever) have a “system” is giving it way too much credit.

    If you are trying something with no basis at all–not scientific, not philosophical, not historical, nothing–that’s not an “acknowledgment”. That’s a cry for help.

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    john_a_designer says:

    Seversky,

    As I said, atheists can construct rational worldviews and moral codes. It’s just that they cannot appeal to the unquestionable authority of some deity to support them.

    As an atheist, are you morally obligated to be honest and tell the truth?

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