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What does the full moon? Why do we insist on blaming numerous questions, each more bizarre and complicated? No, the fault lies not with the moon. Blame it on our way of seeing things.
What the hell happened to the full moon? People say that during those nights there is some tension in the air. Hospitals, comment, fill with wounded and crazy. The world gives for becoming a little restless at that time. Right? Well, not really . However, it is an incredibly widespread myth. Toilets around the world believe that, indeed, during the full moon incidents occur, despite evidence to go against . So much so that several studies have to be conducted to disprove this belief. And is that beliefs, especially if they are related to health, cost money and health. Piles are the myths associated with full moon and lots contradict the evidence. Yet still there. Confirmation bias is still playing against us. At the end of the day, we are human and it is very difficult to get rid of old ghosts.
No, the moon is not guilty of anything
From the haunting howl of wolves temporary insanity, the full moon has traditionally been baptized and named as the mother of mystery. Some of the most widespread myths in our society are related to health. There are those who believe that the full moon, as with the tides, affects our vital “humours”, causing an increase of the disease . Moreover, there are also those who believe that dementia due to a similar process, worsens during these nights. Another amazing belief refers to the increase in medical errors during the full moon, which makes many people fear surgery (and I say this from experience) these days. There are some who believe that during the full moon animals are more aggressive and occur more
The wolves do not howl at the moon, like no more violence during the full moon bites and attacks. If we add all this, the result is clear: hospitals must be hell during the phases of moon
But nothing could be further from the truth.. Because no, the moon is not the cause of any increase whatsoever. There are hundreds of similar studies contradicting beliefs. The admission of patients is exactly the same, statistically speaking, any night a full moon night. No more crime, no more accidents or cancer increases. Nor births or pregnancies. And, yes, someone has been dedicated to count and examine whether this is true or not . Studies show a clear pattern: the same as any other night. The myth of the full moon continues to be just that, a myth, romantic and beautiful, but false. Yet there are those who continue to affirm that these studies are incorrect and that their experience tells them otherwise, which may seem anecdotal, but it is not.
The damn confirmation bias
The main problem, which makes us believe despite the evidence in something false is often called confirmation bias. This is one of the simplest, yet most widespread and powerful. Basically, this bias is to assess more (and better) results to match our values , to which we hope and believe, in contrast to results that contradict our experience. Experience not have to be real. It is a kind of “ amimefunciona ” to a more basic level. Confirmation bias acts both in beliefs about the moon and other pseudosciences. It comes naturally to our mind, since experience is often the basis of survival. But this is a very serious implication. In health, for example,
For each study that supports pseudoscience, there are at least 40 that contradict or show that is not well done take action or decision of a supervisor before a full moon night may cost money to the hospital.
You can also increase the tail on the list for surgery if patients choose to make excuses. And this is a real case. In other areas such as the vaccinia or homeopathy, this same bias costs not only money but also lives. Although there are studies that attempt to show that the full moon influences our lives, for everyone there, There are at least 40 that contradict or show that is not well done. This is also very common in pseudoscience. You have to identify what seems like science but it is not. The case of belief in the full moon is a perfect example acceptable and which can have positive consequences for teaching as a misinterpretation or bias may change the way we see things. And to show their power, we will list some of the most widespread myths about the full moon:
- The wolves do not howl at the moon
- No more accidents during the full moon
- No more births during the full moon
- People are not disturbed during the full moon
- No more quarrels and conflicts during full moon
- No more arrested during the full moon
- The animals are not more aggressive during the full moon
- The woman is most fertile (in general) during the full moon
- The hair does not grow during the full moon
- The full moon does not depress more people
- No more surgical complications during the full moon
And we could follow. All these myths have been studied directly or indirectly (such as animal behavior), without finding any relationship. This must not fall into a fallacy. These examples only serve to show that twice we should consider any statement , although this could match what we gained by experience. The experience is necessary, but sometimes it’s also quite liar
March 31, 2015