Thedefinition of astrology involves the interpretation of stars andplanets that are influential on the affairs of the planet earth aswell as human beings. In the traditional times, the topic ofastrology could not get separated from astronomy. Astrologyoriginates in Mesopotamia, and it later spread to India. It was inGreek where the knowledge of astrology developed its westerncivilization. In the middle age, the knowledge of astrology wasadopted by the Muslims and later on returned to Europe through theArabic learning. In accordance to traditions in Greek, heaven wasseparated by the 12 constellations of the zodiac. There was spiritualinfluence on human beings by the bright stars that rose at intervals. China also considered astrology horoscope cast got done on newbornbabies in china it preceded to all junctures in the life of thechild. The modern communities in the world have also demonstratedinterest in the knowledge of astrology. People believe thatastrology influence human life (Huemer,2001).
Thereare emerging issues as to why people in the modern days still believein astrology. It is believable that in the same manner in whichpeople believe in superstitions is the same as in astrology. Theideas offered by the knowledge of astrology are interesting anddesirable to many people. Astrology offers assurance towards thefuture it also offers insights on people’s current situations aswell as future decisions. People are also connected to the wholecosmos. The knowledge of astrology is also linked to other beliefs ofthe modern age. For instance, the perception that individuals havethat nothing comes along on mere coincidence. When a person argues onthat particular perspective nothing comes along without a reason.Even the most insignificant event that may seem meaningless has areason to happen. Due to this reason astrology has assisted people inunderstanding their lives (Landesman,2002).
Itis somehow impossible logically to need a person to explain and alsoprove that something does not exist. The only logical thing is toprove that something does exist. An inclined mind will argue thatsomething that exists can manifest itself objectively. However, itcan still exist in the mind of a person in the form of hallucination.On the case of human beings, an object does not exist if it is notable to manifest itself in any form, shape or manner. It, therefore,does not have any effect on human beings and can get disregarded. Supernatural have always opposed the issue of religion. The supposedparanormal events have competition on the miracles associated withreligious beliefs (McLuhan,2010).
Thereis no essence of responding to the claims of manifestations that havebeen indicated by the supernatural. The only dilemma that is presentin the events related to paranormal is the failure it has recorded onproving their existence and also veracity. In the aspect of religion,it is not necessary to prove the existence of god. It is becausethere is no available evidence that prove that god exists. Theexistence of god can get disregarded because no person has providedthe evidence on the existence of god. The issue of paranormal eventsand god completely lacks evidence thus it is necessary for whoevermade the claims of their existence to provide proof. The claim oftheir existence is extraordinary and, therefore, may requireextraordinary proof (Riske,2010).
Onthe case that a person states that the moon consists of green cheeseand in order to obtain the cheese a person needs to follow a statedritual he or she differs from the real science. It is the maindifference between the pseudo science and the real science. The realscience demands that there have to be enough proof for any claimsmade by a person. On the case of pseudoscience charlatans claimalmost to death experience, vision as well as hallucinations andillusions. However, the demonstrations have not been proven to exist.In real science, it is possible to picture atoms it, therefore,becomes difficult to accept the truth in the existence of amiraculous event. It is has become difficult to provide evidence onthe supernatural events, gods and ghosts (Sagan,1996).
Miraclescan get defined as claims by human beings to changes on the basic lawrelated to the universe. The human beings existence is anothersubject of the many unpredicted events. As a result, people aremotivated to belief in the supernatural due to the undeniable fact.The occults believe that there are supernatural beings or powers inthe universe that can make the provision of security to human beings.They do so when the world is insecure. The security availability orthe lack of it is an emotion that is driven by human beings so as tofulfill the necessities of the future (Huemer,2001).
Thefield of neuroscience concentrates on identifying the physiologicalbasis for the stated paranormal experiences. There are expectationsthat neuroscience will assist in understanding the issues ofparanormal experiences. It includes the indications of weirdexperiences on the basis of unconscious experience. The brainaberrations, selective memory, cognitive, perpetual relations andother naturalistic processes can give good results in the formationof body of learning on the paranormal beliefs. The knowledge is ofcrucial importance in helping human beings understand themselves andhow they experience in the universe. The knowledge of deceivers,hoaxers as well as con artist can be useful in understanding howhuman beings resulted to believe in paranormal. It also aids inhelping individual not to fall victims of lies in the future(McLuhan,2010).
Parapsychologyis a termed derived from the scientific study of paranormal phenomenaunder the test conditions. It has resulted to being a spirit sciencethe science makes the provisions of methods of testing the paranormalhypothesis that neglects pitfalls as well as illusions encounteredwith in interpreting stories and experiences. However, it has beenrealized that the spirit science has not made any efforts over theyears. In a period of more than a hundred and fifty years the scienceof the spirit has not recorded any notable effort. The research doneby intelligent men have indicated that no person can receive or evensend a single word without the use of tricks in the test conditions.Many individuals who tend to believe in the science of the spirit donot base their arguments on scientific research (Sagan,1996).
Mostof the time human beings tend to ignore the cause of their thoughts,however, individuals sometimes point to a supernatural or paranormalcause irrespective of the ignorance. For example, a person dreamsabout the death of a relative and after some time the same persondies. People think that the occurrences are paranormal, and they arenot coincidence. The resultant idea that people have is that there isa direct connection that is in existence between the death of arelative and the dream (Landesman,2002).
Inthe anomalistic psychology, the paranormal phenomenon hasnaturalistic explanations that result from physical and psychologicalfactors that usually give paranormal activity expression to somepeople. According to David Marks, a psychologist, paranormalphenomena have its explanation as mental imagery, coincidence,magical thinking, hidden causes, subjective validation and fraud.According to research carried out, some people hold paranormalbeliefs because they have psychology attributes. These attributesmake them most likely to misattribute paranormal causation to thenormal experiences. There is also a suggestion that cognitive biasmight be a factor underlying in the paranormal belief (Huemer,2001).
Accordingto Riske(2010), criticismis another term used to make people believe in paranormal. Most ofthe scientists have strongly criticized the media promoting theclaims related to paranormal. Some reports indicate that media mightaccount for much of the universality of the paranormal belief sincethe public have become exposed to newspaper, books, films anddocumentaries endorsing the paranormal claims while critical coverageis not incorporated. Media, therefore, have greatly influenced manypeople in believing the paranormal claims. Paul Kurtz argued that inmost of the talk shows in media that deal with the paranormalaspects, the skeptical viewpoint is never inclusive, and if permittedto get expressed, the host or some of the guests usually sandbag it.Kurtz finally described the public belief’s popularity in theparanormal claims as a quasi religious phenomenon. The phenomenon hasits basis on transcendental temptation, an aspect that makes peopleseek transcendental reality that cannot get known through scientificmeans.
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