Or maybe my open-mindedness was what allowed me to marry into that family.It is nice writing to you. Maybe being married to a believer in ghost apparitions makes you more openminded on that topic. 😇 👻
Yes, the 2nd law of thermodynamics; the amount of energy available for work decreases over time. (I could look it up to get the exactly language, but I don't want to cheat.)If we go by the etymology of Paranormal, we would say that it's "above, alongside, or contrary" to known "normal" science. If we go by the Oxford definition, then it's something "outside the scope of normal scientific understanding."
If something was in conflict with known science, then it would count as contrary. Perpetual motion machines would count because IIRC, there is a law in science about inertia that would dictate that the machines would have to wind down eventually. Some way would have to be found to overcome that law if one were to build such a machine.
I'd say the idea that the season of one's birth has some influence on the personality isn't intrinsically contrary to current knowledge, or even all that improbable, but the idea that it's the influence of the constellations themselves is. For one thing, the constellation "Taurus" is just a human fabrication, an arbitrary grouping of stars which doesn't even correspond to their actual location (let alone make up an actual "bull"), and they are much too far away to have any influence on us anyway; the number of photons falling on us from the stars is entirely negligible compared to those from your current computer screen. So the idea that the stars of Taurus cast a specific influence which is different from the stars of Ares seems entirely contrary to what is known about the stars.Astrology would be practically "alongside" known science, because there is not much of a known mechanism by which being born in a certain month would dictate your personality. Your first year of life, if you reach 1 year old in the hot summer, do you have a different personality than someone meeting their birthday in winter? You would be experiencing different weather patterns in a different pattern of your life. Anyway, if it's just weather related, then what about someone who lives near the equator and whose seasons don't change much? At least, if yearly recurring weather patterns are the cause of people's horoscope personalities, then there would be a "known mechanism" and explanation, but the phenomenon of horoscope astrology would still be hardly understood by Science.
By the way, I was once a typist/proofreader for a syndicate which distributed columns to newspaper, like advice columns and so on, and we handled an astrology column. The astrologer retired, and before a new one could be found they decided just to recycle some of the old columns. One of them was actually written during WWII when we were in an alliance with the Soviet Union, and said "You born today are humble, cheerful and generous. Today's birthday: Joseph Stalin." I told them they might want to pull that.