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LaSD, Chapter 4

Chapter 4. The Problem beneath Other Problems

Top of Page 18

[Bud] Have you ever heard of Ignaz Semmelweis?” (Pronounced Ignawts Semelvice)

Semmelweis, a European doctor, obstetrician, mid-1800s, Vienna General Hospital. A research hospital.

Pages 18-20, the astonishing, and sad, story behind germ theory.

TD> Hospitals of the past. Current hospitals are scary enough, but imagine going into a place where it was normal for 1 in 10 to die! The doctors were doing their best and they were the problem! Good hearts, good motives, disastrous results. (Hmmm… I know some ministries like that! :)

Page 21

The ‘people problems’ germ

The long paragraph at the top of the page

Self-Deception — ‘the box.’ Or, more precisely, self-deception is the disease. What we’re going to learn about is the germ that causes it. … the unifying theory … ‘people problems’ are all caused by the same thing.

[Bud] “With this knowledge, people problems can be solved with an efficiency that has never been possible before. There is a clear way to attack and solve them — not one by one but in one disciplined stroke.

TD> Discipline is a word I usually like, and this seems like a use I will like a lot!

TD> Another chapter gone, and we still don’t have the real description of the problem, or the solution. Or do we? Is it right in front of us? I’m anticipating something good from all this build-up.

TD> Somehow I’m expecting the old Pogo quote to show up: “we has met the enemy and he is us.” Sometimes I have this gnawing feeling that I’m the problem when I’m trying to be the solution. Sounds a bit like Dr. Semmelweis.

Things I want to remember from this chapter:

  • “The problem” isn’t an intelligence problem. Semmelweis was one of the smartest people around.
  • Contrary to my own expectations, nobody else directly helped him see the problem!
  • The unexpected stepped in to help. His getting away, and noticing the different statistics while he was gone

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