My brother is into tarot cards. He’s a very intelligent guy with a first in philosophy (if that makes any difference). I could some up my thoughts about this kind of belief in a fairly short sentence of 1-2 syllable words, but that wouldn’t be constructive.
The thing about science (apart from the fact that it’s the most successful epistemology ever, that predicts the movement of spaceships, asteroids etc to remarkable accuracy etc) is that it is open minded and thrives on being proved wrong. There is probably nothing more interesting for a scientist than being proved wrong.
So, bearing in mind that we are brothers and I do already know what I think, I would love to have someone explain to me rationally how and why it works. Perhaps a brother is not the best person to do this.
I do believe events have causes. I do believe the universe is governed by rules that are the same everywhere - if they appear not to be, then the rules are not sophisticated enough and don’t yet fully explain why. The possibility of other universes or beyond the universe may just contradict this but as far as I know, tarot is within this one.
Arthur C Clarke said “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” Put another way, if tarot is true, any sufficiently advanced science should explain it. If it can’t in principle be explained by a sufficiently advanced scientific theory, why should I believe it?
I mean that - I would like someone to tell me why a rational human should choose to believe it works (other than in the sense that believing in it, or participating in it may genuinely help people make decisions but only because it forces them to think or decide).
If someone can do that, I’ll be very happy because it means the universe is very different from what I’d assumed, which makes it still more interesting. It’s reasonable to assume that our current knowledge of reality is very limited and there’s a lot more out there to be discovered, that will radically change our cosmology. Otherwise, I’ll believe it’s superstitious claptrap, and probably a product of intellectual or personal weakness, put bluntly.
Or is asking for a reason to believe barking up the wrong tree.