Students and pseudo-scientific beliefs

Luckily, chemistry and physics departments aren’t forced (yet) to add these kind of courses to their curriculum, but that doesn’t stop the students from believing in all sorts of pseudoscience, from astrology to faith healing. Since 1988, students (mostly freshmen and sophomores) at the University of Arizona were given a questionnaire in order to determine their attitudes toward science and pseudoscience, as well as examine their basic scientific knowledge. Normally, the students take the survey during the first week in General Education astronomy courses, before any discussions in class about astrology and/or pseudoscience. 먹튀검증

Do students consider astrology a science?

Less than a third of the students “disagree” or “strongly disagree” with the statement “The position of the planets have an influence on the events of every day life.” Female students tend significantly more to believe that astrology is “sort of” or “very” scientific.

Strangely, the findings of the National Science Foundation (NSF) in the U.S. regarding astrology are considerably better: in 2006, 65% of the Americans said that astrology was “Not at all scientific”, in comparison with 5% who thought it was “Very scientific”, 26% who thought it was “Sort of scientific” and 4% who didn’t know. Female respondents tend to think more than male respondents that astrology is “Sort of scientific” (29% and 23% respectively). Five percents of both genders believe that astrology is “Very scientific”.

The authors aren’t sure why the NSF results and their differ so much. They mention that the NSF survey takes place over the phone, as opposed to their paper-based survey. Also, the survey is given as a part of an astronomy course and the similarities between “astrology” and “astronomy” might have confused the students. While the NSF survey population comes from all over the U.S., this survey’s population is mostly for the Southwest, so the sample might be location-biased.

Science literacy and astrology

There is a negative correlation between belief in astrology and science classes. The more science classes student take, the less they tend to believe in astrology.

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