Why Astrology is a Pseudoscience

  title={Why Astrology is a Pseudoscience},
  author={Paul Thagard},
  journal={PSA: Proceedings of the Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association},
  pages={223 - 234}
  • P. Thagard
  • Published 1 January 1978
  • Mathematics
  • PSA: Proceedings of the Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association
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