We have, in this first lesson, introduced a widely accepted definition of Science. We will explore now the scientific validity of some social and medical practices such as: Astrology, Psychoanalysis, Numerology and Hypnosis
All of them uses some scientific knowledge about the natural world, as well as scientific sounding tools, like star charts, calculations, papers, etc. Some people use astrology and numerology to generate expectations about future events and people’s personalities, others use psychoanalysis and hypnosis to treat mental-health disorders.
Some claim that these practices are supported by evidence — the experiences of people who feel that astrology, hypnosis, etc.. have worked for them. But, are they really scientific ways to answer questions?
Post your answer following these guidelines:
1- Pick ONE of the practices: Astrology, Psychoanalysis, Numerology or Hypnosis
2- Use the Science Checklist to guide your post: Does Astrology (or the one you picked) focus on the natural world?, Does it aim to explain the natural world?, etc..
3- Based on the definition you shared in Assignment 1.1c, is the practice you picked a branch of science?