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					                                    Environmental Science Journal
                                              Secrets of the Psychics


In the last few days, you have seen many examples of pseudoscience – ideas that may appear
to be scientific, but do not follow scientific principles at all.

Here are some examples of supernatural claims that have been made by individuals that do
not appear to follow scientific principles.

   -   Mind readers
   -   Tarot card readers
   -   Palm readers
   -   Psychics with the ability to communicate with the dead
   -   Telekinesis; the ability to move objects with your mind
   -   Astrology; the use of horoscopes and constellations to predict the future

Susan Miller is an astrologer who has written several books, including of "Planets and
Possibilities." She has also appeared on "Good Morning America," the "Today" show, "20/20,"
"The View," and several other television shows.

Go to her website and look up your latest astrology forecast:

http://www.astrologyzone.com/forecasts/

Read the forecast for your zodiac sign. Do you feel this astrological forecast is accurate to you
personally? Remember, astrologists tend to write very general forecasts with statements that
could apply to multiple people. Choose 2-3 specific statements from the forecast, write them in
your journal, then explain how they could be interpreted broadly, and could apply to many
different people at the same time.
                                    Environmental Science Journal
                                            Writing Assignment #4
                                           The More Things Change…



After watching your classmates’ presentations on some of the different time periods of
environmental history, you may have noticed some patterns in the types of issues that humans
have dealt with in each time period.

For example…

      Ancient civilizations developed new farming techniques and built large cities, but
       struggled with the issues of deforestation and human sewage contaminating water.

      The industrial revolution reduced the problem of deforestation with the introduction of
       coal, but this lead to a much higher level of air and water pollution.

      In the 1960s laws such as the Clean Air Act and the Clean Water Act were passed in
       the United States. However, many of the polluting industries simply moved to
       developing countries. New technologies, such as nuclear power, lead to even more
       environmental problems.

What do you believe will be the biggest environmental problems in our future? Global
warming? Garbage and landfills? Pollution? Overpopulation? Food shortages? Electricity
and energy shortages? Give specific reasons why. Will we ever reach a point in our history
where there are no significant environmental issues? Explain your reasoning.

				
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Description: Writing prompt for a science class learning to distinguish science from pseudoscience. The example of zodiac horoscopes is used.
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