In attempting to defend astrology, Lawrence Spector ''No One Has Proved Yet That There's Nothing to Astrology,'' letters, May 15 invokes the very point that persuades the serious scientist to refuse to take astrology seriously. He writes: ''A correct assertion is that we know of no scientific reason why astrology should be true.
Obviously, though, we are not at the end of days when it comes to scientific understanding. Moreover, the first job of science is not to explain but to observe. It is precisely because the first job of science is to observe, and then to explain what is observed, that the scientist dismisses astrology.
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The problem is not that we lack an understanding of the mechanism making astrology true i. And until we have reason to believe that a thing is true, we have no reason to attempt to explain why it is true. That which does not exist is not in need of explanation.
Like those who would have us believe in flying saucers, matriarchies, extrasensory perception and the like, Professor Spector falls back on the argument that we have not proved that astrology is nonsense i. One cannot demonstrate the nonexistence of something. Gina Miller. Our view. Sign the petition. Spread the word. Steve Coogan. Rugby union. Motor racing. US sports. Rugby League.
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