The Art of Pseudoscience

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Pseudoscience has been around for many years and is something that will most likely never go away. It is just one of those things that will always have believers even when evidence to support it cannot be found. Pseudoscience can come in many forms one example would be horoscopes. This claims that the moon and stars effect what will happen to us, whether we will fall in love or win the lottery. Although there is no scientific evidence to support these claims, you can still find your horoscope at the back of almost any magazine.

So why is it that people still believe? One reason is that people want to make sense out of things that are too complicated to understand. The human mind tries to simplify things for us so that we do not become overwhelmed. Pseudoscience helps simplify the chaotic and confusing world. So naturally humans will be drawn to it.

Another reason pseudoscience is popular is because we want to believe. We want to know what's going to happen in the future. Uncertainty about our future and world is not a feeling most of us like to have. So when humans are given things to believe, "such as astrology, [it] may give us comfort because they seem to offer us a sense of control over an often unpredictable world." (Lilienfeld 16) Even though it doesn't have support, will you believe? It may not always be right but it gives us hope and interesting ideas to ponder.

Lilienfeld. Psychology: From Inquiry to Understanding.

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