December 30th, 2012

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The Semmelweis reflex or "Semmelweis effect"

vis-a-vis The Process that One goes though in seeking/understanding/accepting and then trying to explain newly "found" Discoveries/Information/Truth(s) to others:

The so-called Semmelweis reflex — a metaphor for a certain type of human behaviour characterized by reflex-like rejection of new knowledge because it contradicts entrenched norms, beliefs or paradigms — is named after Dr. Ignaz Semmelweis, MD, whose perfectly reasonable hand-washing suggestions were ridiculed and rejected by his contemporaries.

If doctors found it difficult to grasp simple/straight forward hand washing as A Sound Idea -- imagine how "hard" it is for people to grasp ideas that are more complex, say like in: http://geoff.livejournal.com/127886.html


  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Semmelweis_reflex
  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ignaz_Semmelweis