Skepticism Essay - Running head SKEPTICISM AND THE MOON Skepticism and the Moon Angela K Wessels Southern New Hampshire University SKEPTICISM AND THE

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Running head: SKEPTICISM AND THE MOON Skepticism and the Moon Angela K. Wessels Southern New Hampshire University
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SKEPTICISM AND THE MOON 2 Skepticism. In understanding the roots of such a term, a researcher knows that it does not mean to simply doubt a phenomenon, it means to keep the mind open to the “what if”, to search for possible answers to a question. Skepticism, according to Katja Vogt, in the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, is in part “ a way of life devoted to inquiry” (2014). “The Greek word skepsis means investigation” (Vogt, 2014). Knowing full well that there is doubt exhibited towards ESP, the paranormal, and the effects of hypnosis, research was completed to determine what other topics skeptics focus on when it comes to modern psychology. Many topics surfaced in a wonderful article in eSkeptic, an email newsletter from the Skeptic Society (2010). The newsletter included an excerpt of a book entitled 50 Great Myths of Popular Psychology (Lilienfeld, Lynn, Ruscio, & Beyerstein, 2009). After perusing the list, this investigator determined that t his essay will assess the skepticism of the author in regards to the effect of the full moon on unusual behavior, or behavior that is deemed outside of the social norm of a people group. The author will propose the use of the scientific method in obtaining data to evaluate the question: Does a full moon increase the incidence of reported inappropriate human behavior in modern Western Culture? It is the very error of the moon. She comes more near the earth than she was wont. And makes men mad. William Shakespeare, (1603?) Imagine the song “Bad Moon Rising” (Fogerty, 1969), playing while walking down a dark and strangely abandoned street. Shiny with recent fallen rain, drips sound like footsteps. Above your head, the immense, luminous orb shines brightly so you can see just how alone you
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SKEPTICISM AND THE MOON 3 are. According to Mark Owens and Iain McGowan, “the word “lunacy” is derived from Luna the Roman goddess of the moon and reflects the long association of mental disorder with the moon” (Owens & McGowan, 2006). Arnold Lieber's book, Lunar Effects: Biological Tides and Human Emotions was published in 1978. It seemed to support the early European ideas of werewolves, vampires, and lunatics raging through the streets at the onset of a full moon. Lieber, a Florida psychiatrist, studied crime statistics in Miami-Dade County in 1972 (1978). He reported a positive correlation between the fullness of the moon and the increase in crime, All of these ideas lend themselves to the belief that the moon must have something to do with human behavior, why else would it continue to exist.
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