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