Background A: What is meant by “resistance to change”?
The Roman Catholic Church forbid Galilei (1564-1642) to publish a book in which he
supported the claim of Copernicus, that the sun does not orbit the earth but that the earth
orbits the sun and punished him for not fully obeying this ban.
Pope John Paul 2 made excuses for this in 1992 (…!).
This is an example of
- “resistance to change”, which was the resistance of the church to accept reality and
- of the fact that such a resistance can be a very strong and persistent force.
My answers to the “basic questions”
describe a particular part of reality.
These answers contravene the current views of many scientists on this part of reality in an extreme way.
Such a scientist is confronted with the contradiction between
- my description of that part of reality and
- his current view on this part of reality
as soon as the book, presenting the answers to “basic questions”, gets out.
This confrontation will make him aware of the threat, that my answers might (…!) give a better description of reality than his current views do.
A “threat”, because
- a major part of his current knowledge would no longer be of any value for supporting his professional prosperity,
- he would be forced to build a new knowledgebase for supporting his professional prosperity from scratch and
- he might (…!) even lose a part of his existing professional prosperity
when my answers to the “basic questions” would prove to give a better description of reality than his current views.
In reaction to that threat, scientists will repeat the experiments yielding
the answers to these “basic questions”, to check
whether these answers do describe reality or not.
They will admit that these answers describe reality when the repeated experiments show the same results as the original experiments.
Some of these scientists will - even when the repeated experiments show the same results as the original experiments - start endless discussions, in which they try to prove in some way or another that the answers to the “basic questions” do not describe reality.
- raising uncertainty and distrust with potential readers of that book,
- thus preventing the coming into being of a wide circulation of that book and
thus resisting the change
- from the general acceptance of the current views of these scientists,
- to the general acceptance of my answers to the “basic questions”.
When most of these scientists have concluded that that change is unavoidable, there often are some scientists left who will continue to offer “resistance to change” by putting the content of that book or the writer of that book in a bad light.
History teaches, that the result of these different kinds of “resistance to change” will be that a wide circulation of the book concerned is most likely to be delayed by many years.