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moon by Jocelyn Bell - Thu, 31 May 2018 10:35:24 EST ID:HhkM3rED No.57285 Ignore Report Quick Reply
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Does the moon really have influence on behavior? Or is it a well loved myth?
Henrietta Levitt - Sat, 02 Jun 2018 19:54:01 EST ID:457vC2+I No.57286 Ignore Report Quick Reply
The moon's influence on earth life is a well documented fact. It's one in the same the reason we have whales beaching at high tide and why menstrual cycles last 28 days.

If you're making a slightly more specific claim -- that at full moons, people's behavior becomes more unusual -- that's also a well documented fact.

If you want to speculate on an effect apart from those, though, you are departing the purview of astronomy.
Joseph Lockyer - Sun, 03 Jun 2018 11:47:06 EST ID:lmH545fQ No.57287 Ignore Report Quick Reply
And what are the reasons for this?
Any suggestions where to learn more about it?
Fred Hoyle - Sun, 03 Jun 2018 13:19:47 EST ID:457vC2+I No.57288 Ignore Report Quick Reply
Reasons for which? The tides exist because the moon's gravity distorts the shape of the oceans, causing them to wobble like an egg shape around the relatively more spherical earth (interestingly high tide is not when the moon is over head. The tide chases the moon but never actually catches up with it.)

Menstrual cycles last a month because a lot of earth based life has incorporated the timing of lunar cycles and the tides into biological rhythms, and humans happen to be one of those species. Other species will spawn or hatch in timing with the tides, so most connections involve coordinating reproduction -- the thing most important for life to have timed correctly.

Why full moons cause odd behavior is a more controversial topic. Some people claim it is merely a placebo effect, that because people have heard so many stories about strange occurrences on full moons they subconsciously create them. On the other hand, some people think there really is another biological rhythm at play, causing subtle psychological shifts some people are more susceptible to.

Here's an article on it: https://www.livescience.com/7899-moon-myths-truth-lunar-effects.html
James Christy - Tue, 05 Jun 2018 10:00:22 EST ID:Q1CtxL06 No.57289 Ignore Report Quick Reply
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it's the light, too!
Daniel Kirkwood - Thu, 21 Jun 2018 01:04:26 EST ID:9DP0lCVt No.57315 Ignore Report Quick Reply
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