CAN A FULL MOON AFFECT BEHAVIOUR?

Via: ABC Science

The modern genre of werewolf books, TV series and movies are in complete agreement with the 1941 Hollywood classic film The Wolf Man. Yep, if you are so inclined, the full Moon will turn you into a lunatic werewolf.

Indeed, that rather antiquated word ‘lunacy’ comes from Luna, who was the Roman Goddess of the Moon. One definition of lunacy is “intermittent insanity once believed to be related to phases of the moon”.

This belief goes back a long way. The Roman scientist and military commander, Pliny the Elder, said that because the full Moon causes a very heavy nocturnal dew, it must also make the brain become “unnaturally moist”. That was how, he claimed, the Moon caused both epilepsy and lunacy. He was wrong.

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UNIVERSITY OF BASEL RESEARCHERS PROVE “FULL MOON EFFECT” IMPACTS ON HUMAN SLEEP

Via: News.com.au

SCIENTISTS say they’ve proven what paramedics have claimed for years – evidence that shows people go a bit nutty when there’s a full moon.

Dr Gordian Fulde has been the director of the emergency department at Sydney’s St Vincent’s Hospital for 30 years and says throughout his entire career he’s known “people really do behave more strangely than they normally do” at the peak of the lunar cycle.

“It’s a very firm belief because it’s just been like this for years, decades and centuries,” Dr Fulde said.

However, science has only just caught up.

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