"I often think that the night is more alive and more richly colored than the day." ~Vincent Van Gogh
"There are nights when the wolves are silent and only the moon howls." ~George Carlin, Brain Droppings
The Moon has had a place in many world mythologies. To the Romans, the Moon was the goddess Luna. The Greeks referred to the Moon goddess as Selene, and the Egyptians worshiped the Moon as Isis.
Over the course of a month, the Moon appears to grow ('wax') and shrink ('wane').
In fact, ever since prehistoric times, the phases of the Moon have been used a basis for calendars and time measurement. This is how we get the length of our month – the time that passes from one full Moon to the next.
There's something about a full moon that conjures up spooky images of werewolves, insane axe-wielding murderers and other odd and unexplainable behaviours. Everything from horror films to Halloween cards has capitalized on this phenomenon, making it almost commonplace in our minds. But does the moon really affect human behaviour, or does this notion only exist in our imaginations?
Psychiatrist Arnold Lieber, theorized that since humans are composed mostly of water (like the earth), our bodies might have "biological tides" that influence our emotions.
Many hospital workers seem to notice that when the moon is full, there are more admissions for everything from births to violent crimes.
But, when put to the test, no link was found between births and the lunar cycle.
The studies are not consistent. For every positive study, there is a negative study.
Indeed, it does appear that many studies contradict each other. An English study, for instance, found that your odds of being bitten by an animal were twice as high on full-moon nights. Another similar study, in Australia, found no relationship whatsoever between dog bites and the full moon.
Is it possible that we, as a culture, like the idea of a mysterious moon-related power, and are pushing the myth forward because we want to "When something unusual happens and there is a full moon, people might notice the moon and assign blame”
Another explanation, lies in media coverage.
"Journalists pay too much attention to finding sensational news or news that will support interesting results
There is good reason to believe that people's personalities do change around the time of the full moon, not because of any astronomical force, but because it creates the optimum lighting conditions for feeling carefree and mischievous."
What do you think?