Science and the Werewolf
If you know any policemen (or women) or hospital workers, chances are they’ll tell you that things get crazy on nights of the full moon. Yet statistics don’t bear this out. Is it strictly a psychological thing? A sort of anti-placebo? There is no scientific reason why the full moon would affect human beings or any other animals. Wolves do not howl any more often on nights of the full moon than they do any other nights.
What about Lycanthropy? The psychological condition, not werewolfism. The same term is used for both, but it can get confusing. What about those people who *believe* they transform into werewolves but do not physically change? Scientific studies have revealed abnormal activity in the part of the brain that relates to the way humans perceive themselves. In laymen’s terms, when they do a scan of the brain of a patient suffering from Lycanthropy, the parts of the brain where perception is regulated light up in different ways than do the brains of people who do not complain of Lycanthropy. It is thus a genuine medical condition. Conversely, the brain of a psychopath will light up, or fail to light up, more specifically, in the ways that a normal person’s brain lights up. The part of the brain that is associated with empathy is largely black and dead in a psychopath. Lights out.
WAYNE MILLER is the owner and creative director of EVIL CHEEZ PRODUCTIONS (www.evilcheezproductions.blogspot.com, www.facebook.com/evilcheezproductions), specializing in theatrical performances and haunted attractions. He has written, produced and directed (and occasionally acted in) over a dozen plays, most of them in the Horror and Crime genres. His first novel, THE CONFESSIONS OF SAINT CHRISTOPHER: WEREWOLF, is available for purchase at https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/734763
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