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Full moon does not cause madness, study shows

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#16    praetorian-legio XIII

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Posted 21 November 2012 - 09:56 PM

Maybe its because there is more light, so more people feel comfortable being out at night which might lead to staying out later, drinking more, driving faster, having a false sense of sercurity and feeling more empowered not being "blind " in the dark.


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Posted 21 November 2012 - 10:35 PM

Wouldn't surprise me given that the human body is like, what, 65% water.
A full moon might cause internal "tides", making one quezy.

Oh wait, that only happpens when I'm drunk. :passifier:


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Posted 21 November 2012 - 11:01 PM

View PostArbenol68, on 21 November 2012 - 08:28 PM, said:

There's a reason for this. You tend to notice a full moon, and if this coincides with a particularly busy shift there's a tendency to correlate the two. What you don't notice are the busy times when there isn't a full moon. So, some Police and nurses swear by this relationship but simply they are mistaken. Also, how many of them that claim this actually know when the moon is full? It can appear full for two days before and after.

I would say this definitely sways peoples opinions to behavioural changes in some.

View PostArbenol68, on 21 November 2012 - 08:28 PM, said:

The questions I would ask those that believe this is, how does it work?
By what mechanism does a full moon have this effect where other phases do not? It's still going overhead whether you can see it or not.
The moon is able to raise tides twice a day, but we don't see people going loopy twice a day. Why not?

This is a real problem to explain, for you as it does not happen and for me as I do not know why.

But I will say the following is true, a full moon may cause more excitement to people and lead to 'silly behaviour' just from someone stating "look, its a full moon", so some people may find themselves behaving in a way they would not have done without the full moon, especially due the things we link to a full moon in western society. Unfortunately this is not down to the moon having a physical effect on our body, more our own interpretation of what a full moon represents.

You do raise some good points, but unfortunately my views on the subject are clouded by what I was taught as a youngster and it is difficult for me to shake them. :)

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Posted 21 November 2012 - 11:11 PM

View PostJunior Chubb, on 21 November 2012 - 11:01 PM, said:

But I will say the following is true, a full moon may cause more excitement to people and lead to 'silly behaviour' just from someone stating "look, its a full moon", so some people may find themselves behaving in a way they would not have done without the full moon, especially due the things we link to a full moon in western society. Unfortunately this is not down to the moon having a physical effect on our body, more our own interpretation of what a full moon represents.

A kind of self -fulfilling prophecy? Sounds like a decent theory to me.


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Posted 21 November 2012 - 11:16 PM

View PostArbenol68, on 21 November 2012 - 11:11 PM, said:

A kind of self -fulfilling prophecy? Sounds like a decent theory to me.

Indeed, if you saw myself and a few friends spotting a full moon on an intoxicated night out it would be beyond doubt.   ;)

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Posted 22 November 2012 - 12:24 AM

My Mother-In-Law who is a Labor and Delivery nurse (Baby delivering nurse) has said in the past that the number of women that come in spontaneously to deliver their baby increases, sometimes as much as doubles, when the moon is Full.

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Posted 22 November 2012 - 12:35 AM

The amount of light shining on the moon doesn't change it's gravitational properties one bit. A new moon has just as much 'pull' as a full moon.

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Posted 22 November 2012 - 12:54 AM

So we've been having full moons for all of human history.  We've had thousand of years and millions of people to figure this one out.

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Posted 22 November 2012 - 07:31 AM

View PostSlave2Fate, on 22 November 2012 - 12:35 AM, said:

The amount of light shining on the moon doesn't change it's gravitational properties one bit. A new moon has just as much 'pull' as a full moon.

Well, now that you put it that way(good point!) I suppose the issue is more psychological than physiological.

Edited by pallidin, 22 November 2012 - 07:32 AM.


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Posted 22 November 2012 - 07:35 AM

Wow, what a surprise.

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Posted 22 November 2012 - 07:57 AM

:yes:


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Posted 26 November 2012 - 09:15 PM

Maybe the crazies are attracted to it like moths to the flame.  :w00t:


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Posted 26 November 2012 - 09:21 PM

Darn it... another good excuse down the drain...

Edited by Taun, 26 November 2012 - 09:21 PM.






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