Horoscopes: Written in the Stars? “A lot of people read their daily horoscopes, but does anyone really take stock in them? Turns out the answer is yes, even though there is no evidence of their accuracy” (Stuff You Should Know podcast)
Neil deGrasse Tyson on why horoscopes and astrology are literally absolute bullshit, in 1 minute and 21 seconds
Astrology focuses on star charts and zodiac signs to build a foundation to one’s life. Astrology is also a bunch of asserted, unproven, untested mumbo jumbo. Laci breaks down how and why astrology shouldn’t be considered a real science
We’ve debunked a lot of pseudoscience before, but could your birth month actually affect you?
Can the season that you were born in affect your personality? Tara did some digging to find out
Carl Sagan destroys Astrology in 10 minutes
Denial comes in all flavors. Some think the moon landing was staged, some think Tupac is alive, and others reject vaccines. If the United States learnt anything in the 2016 election, it’s that social bubbles need to be broken down — so how do you reason with someone who ignores evidence or bends it to fit their worldview? This has been on Bill Nye’s mind more and more since climate change denial has become a political issue rather than a scientific one. People can’t change their minds instantly when their beliefs are ingrained, so it’s not a matter of convincing them on the spot. Nye suggests working together towards scientific understanding by tactfully pointing out that perhaps this person is rejecting evidence because the alternative makes them uncomfortable. Understanding is a process, not a flip switch. Bill Nye’s most recent book is Unstoppable: Harnessing Science to Change the World