The Mighty Moon : How a big rock can affect you ?

Spoiler : it can’t.

BBC, The Guardian, The Telegraph… How medias can spread bullshit science :

Moon is related to a lot of potential effects on : fertility, birth rate, blood loss, mental illness, epilepsy, law and order, trafic fatalities, politics, stock market, sleep quality, plants… (1)

All those potential effects have never been proved as existing. Some of them didn’t even have any correlation with the moon at all.

But why do people still believe in something false ?
The answer could be as simple as : they just believe.

In Science, we’re putting a lot of effort to not believe but to prove, which is something that requires time and effort. Obviously, it’s easier to just listen to someone that could potentially know what you want to know and that will provide you information after an effort of research and verification.

Basically, the best information source is supposed to be a media, such as BBC, The Guardian, The Telegraph and many others who are journalists.

A journalist has a big responsibility : to provide information.

But here we have a problem, medias such as those we cited before are read by a lot of people who will accept any article as a certified truth. Even more when it’s supposed to be “scientific”… They’re journalists after all, they know what they’re talking about… No ?

Well… No.

Here is what we can find on BBC :

In 1998, a three-month psychological study of 1,200 inmates at Armley jail in Leeds discovered a rise in violent incidents during the days either side of a full moon.

BBC, Tuesday, 5 June 2007. (2)

Here is what we can find on The Telegraph :

A three-month psychological study of 1,200 inmates at Armley jail in Leeds in 1998 showed a rise in violent incidents in the days either side of a full moon.

The Telegraph, 06 Jun 2007. (3)

And on The Guardian :

In 1998, a three-month psychological study of 1,200 inmates at Armley jail in Leeds discovered a rise in violent incidents during the days on either side of a full moon.

The Guardian, 05 Jun 2007. (4)

All those articles are about a police research and the evidence from a man who THINKS because of his “19 years experience in police” that there is a correlation between Full Moon and rise in violence.
Firstly, we’re talking about a correlation, not a causality.
Secondly, we’re talking about POLICE officers, not researchers.
Thirdly, you can see there’s no effort put in those articles, it’s just a copy-paste.
And fourthly, we have no proof of their potential “correlation”, it’s purely a statement without any kind of material to prove its truthfulness.

The Guardian is the only one to say that there’s no significant proof of violence rise during the full moon… But it is said at the end of their article and after the “scientific proof” quote mentioned above.
The Telegraph and BBC add other “studies”, as if it was proving anything.

Obviously, there’s no web link to any of those studies nor even a name mentioned nor any reference anywhere on those articles.
So let’s see where we can also find this “reference”.

We can find it in “Real Monsters, Gruesome Critters, and Beasts from the Darkside” (5) or “Psychosis in the Family: The Journey of a Transpersonal Psychotherapist and a mother” (6) or “Beware of False Religions & Pagan Traditions Part 2, Partie 2” (7) or “The Werewolf Book: The Encyclopedia of Shape-Shifting Beings” (8) and probably in other documents.

So this reference seems to be everywhere, right ? Then, it must be true, it must exist.
Well… If it does, it’s nowhere on Internet. As it seems that The Guardian was the reference for other journalists and they never mentioned their sources, it looks like a dead end for this information.
How strange…

Obviously, if you’re interested in Moon’s effects but too open to the idea, you’ll find yourselves on those kind of beautiful websites (9) where we will throw at you as much fake science and fake proofs as possible.
Everyone must be careful and search for sources, even more when you’re making yourself an idea and even MORE if you think the statement you read is true.

Never trust “one study shows [something]”. Because it will always be one study against potentially a hundred that will say exactly the opposite. Stay skeptical.

But if you’re curious and still not convinced about how FALSE those effects are, you’re welcome here : http://faculty.washington.edu/chudler/moon.html(10)

So here we are, conclusion ?

The moon has effect on you : BULLSHIT SCIENCE.

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