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Astrology & Palmistry: Debunked!

In this prezi we will be applying critical thinking to the pseudosciences of astrology and palmistry

Samantha Chaney

on 29 November 2012

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Transcript of Astrology & Palmistry: Debunked!

photo credit Nasa / Goddard Space Flight Center / Reto Stöckli Sam Chaney
Ruth Cibo
Deseria Sanders
Apryll Siazon Astrology and Palmistry: Debunked! What do they claim to do? What evidence do
they "have"? Traits of Pseudoscience
in relation to
Astrology & Palmistry Vague Claims/Ambiguous Language
Lack of Peer Review
Special Pleading
Misuse of Scientific Terms
Ideas Unfalsifiable
Magical Thinking
Anecdotal/Scenario Evidence
Clear Religious Motivation Our Proof that it's Bulls#!% Dr. Michael Shermer: "What Skepticism Reveals about Science"- July 2009 "Scientific American"
Use null hypothesis & at least 95% accuracy to prove claim is true More proof that it's bulls#!% Physics!!!!
"Debunking Astrology: Mars Can’t Influence You" by JEAN TATE (2010)
The only long range forces in the universe are gravity and electromagnetism
Due to Martian gravity, Earth acceleration would be 1.4 x 10-8 meters per second per second (m s-2).
No electric currents between Mars and Earth. Mars is "downwind" from Earth
Earth blocks all electromagnetic radiation except for visible light, some UV & infrared, and some micro & radio waves.
Mars is a very weak source of microwaves and radio waves Cited Works (Works Cited) (n.d.). In Is Astrology a Pseudoscience. Retrieved November 26, 2012

Carroll, R. T. (n.d.). In Palmistry. Retrieved November 26, 2012

Gustav-Adolf, S. (n.d.). In Astrology: Between Religion and the Empitical. Retrieved November 26, 2012

Randi, J. (2006). You Tube. Retrieved November 23, 2012 from http://www.youtube.com

Shermer, M. (2005). You Tube. Retrieved November 23, 2012 from http://www.youtube.com

Shermer, M. (2009 July 1). What Skepticism Reveals about Science. Retrieved November 15, 2012 from http://www.scientificamerican.com

Tate, J. (2010, Jan 26). Debunking astrology: mars can't influence you. Retrieved from http://www.universetoday.com/52219/debunking-astrology-mars-cant-influence-you/

Thanukos, A. (n.d.). In Understanding Science. Retrieved November 26, 2012
Science regarding the influence of the stars upon human affairs.
Position of the moon, sun, and planets
at birth determines one's subsequent personality, career, and love-life. Palmistry/Chiromancy
Characterization and foretelling of the future by studying the palm
draws most of its framework from Greek Mythology, each area of the hand being closely related to a Greek God/Goddess Astrology
Carlson Double Blind Experiment
closely related to phrenology (study the bumps on a person’s head=personality traits)
Nerve impulses from the brain are what cause the lines in the hand. Directly related to phrenological bumps. Palmistry and Astrology are based on Barnum statements
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