Did She Read Your Aura Or Blind You With Science?

For more and more Americans, it’s getting harder to differentiate between astrology and astronomy. Apparently, there isn’t much separating Katy Perry and Carl Sagan, that’s according to a strangely unsettling story in Mother Jones:

“I believe in a lot of astrology.” So commented pop megastar Katy Perry in a recent GQ interview. She also said she sees everything through a “spiritual lens”…and that she believes in aliens.

According to data from the National Science Foundation’s just-released 2014 Science and Engineering Indicators study, Americans are moving in Perry’s direction. In particular, the NSF reports that the percentage of Americans who think astrology is “not at all scientific” declined from 62 percent in 2010 to just 55 percent in 2012 (the last year for which data is available). As a result, NSF reports that Americans are apparently less skeptical of astrology than they have been at any time since 1983.



4 Comments on "Did She Read Your Aura Or Blind You With Science?"

  1. BuzzCoastin | Feb 15, 2014 at 4:28 pm |

    what’s to believe in?
    it either works or it doesn’t
    no belifes required

    in my experience
    it has no value

  2. LifelongLIb | Feb 15, 2014 at 4:34 pm |

    Some people think astrology does work though. And up until the late 1600s astronomy and astrology were the same thing — IIRC it was in 1670 that France’s Astronomer Royal was prohibited from casting horoscopes, which makes a convenient dividing line.

  3. Simon Valentine | Feb 15, 2014 at 8:53 pm |

    (inversely) proportional to how many “bees” carry [the] type of “pollen”?

  4. When “reality” is constructed of things like trickle down economic, war is peace, hope and change, god hates homosexuals and communists, government transparency, the rich have earned their money with ability and hard work, and other such mythical beliefs… astrology fits right in.

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