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What is the difference between astrology and astronomy?

  1. Feb 25, 2010 #1
    Answer: About 50 IQ points
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  3. Feb 25, 2010 #2
    one ends in logy and the other ends in nomy.
  4. Feb 25, 2010 #3
    about $9.95 a minute
  5. Feb 25, 2010 #4
    Don't forget the 2000 years.
  6. Feb 25, 2010 #5
    A +50 IQ can believe in astrology.
  7. Feb 27, 2010 #6
    You can earn money with astrology but not with astronomy
  8. Feb 27, 2010 #7
    An astrologer needs to know a little astronomy.
  9. Feb 27, 2010 #8
    One is a branch of pseudoscience and the other is a branch of science?
  10. Feb 27, 2010 #9
    One is proof that mankind is not a rational thinking species.
  11. Feb 27, 2010 #10
    That's not a nice thing to say about astronomy. :wink:
  12. Feb 27, 2010 #11


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    At one time, it was thought that the Earth was the center of the Universe, and it made perfect sense to try to learn more about it by studying the heavens. Astrology was not always a pseudo-science. Using the night sky as a calendar was a valuable way to track the seasons and predict seasonal flooding of the Nile, for instance. That was valuable information. Some religions ascribed special significance to astronomical bodies (generally planets) and associated them with their gods. If you were an astrologer, it was good business to track their movements against the background stars and keep the emperor/king happy.

    Today's practitioners of astrology are not scientists, but quacks preying on the gullible. A couple of thousand years ago, astrologers were well-respected observational astronomers.
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