Most of the aspiring scientists I know (several PhD student`s in neuroscience and a few graduate students in Astronomy and Physics) usually neglect my speculations about divination and the stars. However, they are still drawn to the randomness of interpretation when it comes to my Tarot Card and I Ching reading abilities. When I say randomness of interpretation " I am referring to two things; probability and subjectivity. When I do readings for my science friends, they are usually astonished at how unique each individual reading is, and how seemingly " (so they say) accurate are my interpretations. They typically then chalk it up to probability and the randomness of the cards, while still admitting that when multiple readings produce rare events (like similar or same cards, and similar or same interpretations) these things are still highly interesting. It has been a while since I`ve argued against the complete pseudo-science interpretation, so here I shall begin.
Pseudo-sciences, are usually classified as fields of study that run light on empirical data, rely heavily on subjective intuition, and most importantly are not falsifiable. When something is not falsifiable, it is not good science according to the scientists. It cannot be replicated or negated, it is always considered true, and thus should not be respected on the same level as the hard sciences. While I do admit that Astrology is in many cases pseudo-science, especially when dealing with mediums and psychics who are completely devoted to the magical arts for money, I do not think all astrology can be generalized this hastily.
Astrology is the foundation of the oldest religions. Gazing at the brightest unblinking celestial orbs we know today as Jupiter, Venus, the Sun and etc. The earliest civilizations like the Babylonians, Assyrians, Jews and Greeks, deified these celestial orbs and worshiped them. Now, the philosopher of science might already be laughing, but I assure you they did this for sound and valid reasons.
These same philosophers must also realize something about space and gravity, correct? Well they should, because most educated astronomers and physicists understand the effect the moon has on the tides, and the sun has for sustaining life. Consider the gravitational forces at work in our solar system, had they emerged from the universe in a slightly different form life on earth might not have evolved. Thus, even the distant planet Neptune is vital for sustaining life (and gravity) on our planet.
So, what does all this mean? Well, it`s really quite simple; those early civilizations I mentioned above understood this somehow. Perhaps it is because there were no city lights obscuring the bright night sky, or the fact that less work could be accomplished at night, facilitating more star gazing. Whatever the case, these celestial orbs were worshipped for the giving of life. So what is all this business about Tarot Cards?
While I do admit scientific analysis on astrology is difficult to promote and even more difficult to fully unravel at this time. We must reflect back upon probability and subjectivity. Each card in a tarot deck represents an astrological sign, combination of signs or celestial orb. The art itself is ages and ages old. When reflecting upon the outcome of a tarot reading, the reader and subject have opened their minds to the gravitational forces at work, and through the subconscious have already made correlations with their lives and the cards, or at least the pictures on the cards.
This interpretation process is not a complete pseudo-science as it involves empirical events in one`s life and their relation to the tangible and (well, sometimes) visible celestial orbs. Consider this an introduction, a grounding for more scientific research to take place in the future "between the stars and man.
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