Is there such thing as a tolerant skeptic when it comes to astrology?
- Gary KLv 77 years agoFavorite Answer
I'm a skeptic and I can tolerate astrologers. To a point. I lose my tolerance when they start calling me 'closed minded' or make other personal attacks, or attack science, rather than provide compelling evidence that what they do is real when asked.
- Chain lightninGLv 77 years ago
Skepticism is a method, not a position. The burden of proof is on those that make the claim, not for anyone to disprove. If you can show that astrology (which one?) has evidence that can pass testing, a million dollars and a Nobel Prize is waiting. Both of us know that it will never happen.
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