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Independently, Pew has discovered that a greater percentage of Democrats believe in astrology than Republicans: They include details on their survey methods. They did provide a definition of astrology in the survey: "that the position of the stars and planets can affect people’s lives". This may rule out people confusing astronomy and astrology. To ...


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The linked paper was written to challenge two of the most common assumptions of political psychology: (1) that a belief in astrology is such a good indicator of conservatism that it is appropriate to use as a measure of conservatism itself; and (2) that Republicans and conservatives tend to hold views opposing science. On the second point about ...


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The idea that the lunar cycle has a direct effect on human physiology (apart from having slightly more light to see by, or planning fishing trips based on the tides) has had a long history. The concept is known as the Lunar Effect, and is maintained by confirmation bias and under-sampled studies testing against every conceivable effect that turn out to be ...


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According to the New York Times article Archeologists Unearth 'Golden Calf' in Israel 25 July 1990: The early Israelites are believed to have been a breakaway Canaanite sect. They forged their own identity, Dr. Stager said, "by being in opposition to the Canaanite religious matrix" that prevailed in the region until it was swept out by the Philistines, ...


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