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Q: Why do people cross their fingers for luck?
Krishna : How do superstitions originate?
During ancient times, somebody in some difficult situation must have accidentally crossed his/her fingers while undergoing stress. By chance s/he would have come out of the situation unscathed. Then s/he made connections that were really not there and told everybody around that crossing fingers brings luck. So everybody started following it without giving it a second thought.

Wait a minute. Everybody? Not me! Not the rationalists.

If it was true, I would have succeeded 100% in all the attempts I made using this trick.

Crossing fingers cannot bring good luck, period!

Q Have you ever seen or communicated with a ghost?

Krishna: According to science, there is no evidence for ghosts. They exist only in people’s minds and imagination. Of course, some people hallucinate under certain conditions.

If anybody says they can speak to ghosts, they are trying to trick you.

Paranormal and supernatural beliefs associated with Ouija have been harshly criticized by the scientific community, since they are characterized as pseudoscience. The action of the board can be parsimoniously explained by unconscious movements of those controlling the pointer, a psychophysiological phenomenon known as the ideomotor effect.

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  4. French, Chris. (2013). "The unseen force that drives Ouija boards and fake bomb detectors". The Guardian. Retrieved 11 October 2014.

Yes, people who promote these things lie to you and make you believe them.

Skeptics say that the Ouija moves due to the ‘ideomotor effect’ (sometimes called "automatism"). The ideomotor effect refers to the involuntary and unconscious motor behaviour of a person. The term "ideomotor action" was coined by William Carpenter in 1882 in his explanation for the movements of dowsing rods and pendulums by dowsers, table turning by spirit mediums and, of course, the movement of pointers on Ouija boards.

Muscular movement can be initiated by the mind independently of volition or emotions. We may not be aware of it, but suggestions can be made to the mind by others or by observations. Those suggestions can influence the mind and affect motor behaviour. What is purely physiological, however, appears to some to be paranormal if they have ‘intuitive minds’ and not rational ones.

Science and the paranormal

Q: Why is predicting the future a "BIG DEAL"?

Krishna: It is a big deal for those who believe in pseudo-science, not for others.

Nobody can predict the future correctly. It is a winning game for people who play to earn money by cheating people. And it is a game of losing for suckers.

It is a commercial game for the media.

It is an amusing game to watch and condemn for the rationalists.

Why Astrology is a Fool’s paradise

Q: How can you tell if astrology is true or false? What is your experience with astrology?

By critically and scientifically analyzing it. Like this…

Why Astrology is Pseudo-science

It was found to be fake. There are several research papers published all over the world. Many scientific studies have been made, and they all show that astrology is no more accurate than chance would have it in making predictions.

What is your experience with astrology?

Anecdotal evidence is the worst form of evidence. Why?

Why do people still think it works for them despite tremendous evidence to the contrary? Yes, why?

That is a psychological effect. The Barnum effect, also called the Forer effect, is a common psychological phenomenon whereby individuals give high accuracy ratings to descriptions of their personality that supposedly are tailored specifically to them but that are, in fact, vague and general enough to apply to a wide range of people.

Watch this video that tells why people are so confused about it

So most of the people say it works for them and some astrologers could predict their future correctly.

And we, the people of scientific community, smile and think as long as suckers exist in this world, there won’t be any dearth in having cheaters who fool the world in the name of science, vedas and what not!

Ah! Games people play.

Q: How can I learn Astrology?

Krishna: I was asked to answer this question!

Nobody can actually ‘learn Astrology’ because ‘predicting future’ is impossible for any one.

There is no such thing as scientific astrology. And astrology as we know it now is unknown during vedic times. Therefore vedic astrology doesn’t exist in the first place.

Still why do people go after it? And why do people try to fool others? Read here:

Read my reply above.

Don’t go after a oasis. You would be wasting your life if you do.

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