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1,191 hits Rate me! Share Favorite | Flag 16 years ago by Aburame

Do you think it`s odd that we have a word like Atheism, but no special distinction for people who don`t believe in alchemy or astrology?


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15 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Wednesday 1/31/07 - 9:00:06 PM EST (GMT-5)
Same could be said for Theism, that there's no real evidence for it, other than anecdotal.

And in all seriousness, a basis in philosophy is just that, a basis in philosophy. It has no real-world implications beyond the hypothetical... I'd say the same for meta-physics, only more so.

15 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Wednesday 1/31/07 - 9:10:30 PM EST (GMT-5)
What I mean is that astrology is an arbitrary set of rules which have no basis in anything beyond tradition.

The fact that philosophy is purely hypothetical has no bearing on whether it's correct or not. Astrology per se has no major coherent arguments for it, *including* hypothetical; I've yet to hear an argument that actually supports it in any sense, whereas there are many metaphysical reasons people believe in, say, God.

15 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Wednesday 1/31/07 - 9:14:02 PM EST (GMT-5)
Well, that much is true at least. Astrology is on the shortlist of things religion can be compared favorably to...but not by much.
15 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Tuesday 3/27/07 - 11:08:21 AM EST (GMT-5)
On 1/31/2007 9:10:31 PM Qpax wrote:
What I mean is that astrology is an arbitrary set of rules which have no basis in anything beyond tradition. The fact that philosophy is purely hypothetical has no bearing on whether it's correct or not. Astrology per se has no major coherent arguments for it, *including* hypothetical; I've yet to hear an argument that actually supports it in any sense, whereas there are many metaphysical reasons people believe in, say, God.

Well some people say that astrology is real, and functions in the way it claims it does. If it is just a fact that it works like that, why do you need philosophical arguments? (Mind you there might be a little empirical data that suggests it might not be so factually accurate...)

15 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Tuesday 3/27/07 - 11:39:15 AM EST (GMT-5)
On 1/31/2007 9:10:31 PM Qpax wrote:
What I mean is that astrology is an arbitrary set of rules which have no basis in anything beyond tradition. The fact that philosophy is purely hypothetical has no bearing on whether it's correct or not. Astrology per se has no major coherent arguments for it, *including* hypothetical; I've yet to hear an argument that actually supports it in any sense, whereas there are many metaphysical reasons people believe in, say, God.

I've heard fairly coherent arguments for astrology. The main one being that the planets in our solar system emit different wave lengths and types of energy, and depending on where the planets are located, these energies will affect people in different ways.

15 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Tuesday 3/27/07 - 11:54:13 AM EST (GMT-5)
Isn't alchemy just primitive chemistry? I don't get it, whats to not believe in?
15 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Tuesday 3/27/07 - 11:56:13 AM EST (GMT-5)
On 3/27/2007 11:54:14 AM wolph wrote:
Isn't alchemy just primitive chemistry? I don't get it, whats to not believe in?

Alchemy is the belief that cheap metals, such as lead, can be changed into gold.


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