Can a full moon make strange things happen?

Discussion in 'Astronomy, Exobiology, & Cosmology' started by wegs, Apr 16, 2021.

  1. wegs Matter and Pixie Dust Valued Senior Member

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    Researchers and scientists have found no solid correlation between the lunar cycle and human behavior. One study with experiment controls indicates a possible connection between sleep quality and lunar phases, but there has been no independent confirmation of these results so far. It doesn't seem that far fetched, considering that on nights when a full moon is present, my backyard lights up - my bedroom is lighter, and it awakens me. But, it seems like our idea of a full moon making us ''crazy,'' is just based on superstition.

    https://www.bbc.com/reel/video/p0972jxw/can-a-full-moon-really-make-strange-things-happen-
     
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  3. exchemist Valued Senior Member

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    A full moon coincides with spring tides, since at full (and new) moon the moon and sun are pulling together on the oceans, but that's about it, I think.

    Apart from werewolves, of course. As my son said, when he was little: "J'etais un loup-garou, mais je ne le suis pluooOOOOOOOOooooo..."

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  5. sculptor Valued Senior Member

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    Dr. Arnold Lieber, a Miami psychiatrist, wrote a book in 1978 called The Lunar Effect, which supports the moon's influence on human behavior.

    However, I was unable to replicate his claims.
     
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  7. wegs Matter and Pixie Dust Valued Senior Member

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    Lmao - tres drole

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  8. Seattle Valued Senior Member

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    Go figure...

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  9. wegs Matter and Pixie Dust Valued Senior Member

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    I know. Should’ve posted this in pseudo-science, thinking about it how.

    The video is fun - did you watch it?
     
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  10. geordief Valued Senior Member

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    Somewhere down the Crazy River and not a full moon in sight.
     
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  11. geordief Valued Senior Member

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    pluUUUUUUuuuuus ,ca change ?
    http://www.thescienceforum.com/physics/37861-i-have-some-questions-about-moon.html#post458406

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  12. exchemist Valued Senior Member

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    What happened was we were cycling home from school one day, when he was about 8 or 9 yrs old and I made the old joke about "I used to be a werewolf but I'm all right NaoOOOoooow" and commented that it was a pity it wouldn't work in French. Quick as a flash he came out with what I posted. I was quite impressed. Suppose it's what comes of being bilingual.
     
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  14. sideshowbob Sorry, wrong number. Valued Senior Member

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    Placebo effect? If you believe the full moon affects your behavior, maybe it will.
     
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  15. Write4U Valued Senior Member

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    Can gravity affect your behavior? After all, it's not the moon that does anything. It's mass does.

    If the moon got really close, would you be able to fly?
     
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  16. DaveC426913 Valued Senior Member

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    In a sense. You would be "floating" inasmuch as boulders around you would be floating up toward the Moon alongside you. Even as Moon rocks are raining down on your head.

    Look up "Roche Limit".

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  17. RainbowSingularity Valued Senior Member

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    police officers & paramedics have told me that a full moon brings out a lot of psyche patients
    additionally probably people drink more and go a bit more wild with the extra light and there will be more people in general out at night with it being a moon lit night
    so over all its a lot busier for police & paramedics with drunks and psyche patients.

    craziest is supposedly when a full moon clear sky coincides with a Sunday night
     
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  18. Write4U Valued Senior Member

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    I spent 7 years on the road, playing music in many nightclubs on the entertainment circuit. And it is true that full moon on weekends showed a marked increase in alcohol consumption and aberrant behaviors.
    Not being particularly interested in such cosmic phenomena, we would always notice the behavior and confirm it was full moon, on our breaks between sets.
     
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  19. DaveC426913 Valued Senior Member

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    And nurses say the same thing about births.

    The problem with this kind of anecdotal evidence is that it contains confirmation bias.

    "Crazy night tonight eh, Mack?"
    "Sure is, Clyde. Of course - look! It's a Full Moon!"

    as opposed to

    "Crazy night tonight eh, Mack?"
    "Sure is, Clyde. Of course - look! It's a Waning Gibbous!"
     
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  20. wegs Matter and Pixie Dust Valued Senior Member

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    You’d put all those “astrologers” out of business with this talk. lol

    This is like entering a haunted house expecting to see a ghost because you’re afraid at just the idea if it all - and just like that, ghosts are everywhere.
     
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  21. Write4U Valued Senior Member

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    I would rate that as an astron0mically large phenomenon. An indication of enormous forces at work making entire oceans shift their liquid content in the short time of 6 hours.
    If we could convert this gravitational shift into pure kinetic energy we wouldn't need oil or coal?
     
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    https://www.theguardian.com/environ...ct-drive-a-new-energy-revolution?fr=operanews

    And not a microtubule in sight..............
     
  23. sideshowbob Sorry, wrong number. Valued Senior Member

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    And people who believe in God are likely to see evidence everywhere.
     

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