Possibly Valid But …… Definitely Not Relevant

by David Lesser,

First published in the Hypnotherapy Journal
Issue 32, February, 2001

(The Newsletter of Association Qualified Curative Hypnotherapists –
a registered charity [No. 294512] which existed from 1985 to 2007)


Think for a moment about the scientist working in his laboratory.  He is doing research into the molecular structure of water and the interaction of the molecules.

Now think about an engineer who has the ability to build damns and turbines to produce electricity from hydraulic power.  He is not interested in the work of the scientist.  He does not need to know about water molecules.

He is interested in the totality of water – the effect of water en masse.

The scientist does not have the ability to produce electricity in the way that the engineer does.

The engineer does not need an understanding of water molecules to be able to do the practical job of providing electricity.  To do his job he only needs to know the total effect of water.

In exactly the same way one does not need to know how all the components of the internal combustion engine works to be a good car driver.  One does not need to know how micro-chips are made or how they work to be a completely competent computer user or programmer.

Having this information may be of interest but it does not help in the carrying out of these tasks or make the driver or programmer any more effective.

Some of the articles in recent Journals have been reports of work done by the equivalent of the scientist whereas we are the equivalent of the engineer.

Just as the engineer needs to understand the effect


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