Seeking explanation of odd lunar phenomena
January 1, 2008 7:13 AM Subscribe
Can the Moon affect humans in specific ways?
posted by malusmoriendumest to Science & Nature (28 answers total) 9 users marked this as a favorite
Is there any evidence that the rhythms of the Moon have an effect on anything smaller than the tides? I'm reasonably well-versed in astronomy and physics, and have been taught that the Moon exerts enough force on the Earth to control the tides, but not much more. Additionally, I'm an atheist, so I don't harbor any beliefs about spirituality, but it really does seem as though the rhythms of the Moon affect my health and general outlook, best at the Full Moon, worst at the New Moon, even when I'm completely unaware of the phase. I even came down with a serious illness on the day of the last lunar eclipse. I'm desperately trying to find a scientific explanation for this, but I simply can't find anything substantial, apart from scientific papers on the synchronicity of women's menstrual cycles with lunar cycles, when I am in fact male. Does anyone have an idea?