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Observations Ethics Man

Lessons from the front line

BMJ 2017; 359 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.j4624 (Published 06 October 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;359:j4624

Ill defined lesson

I support Christoph Lees in his criticism of Daniel Sokol’s ‘absurdly dichotomous’ observation that ‘insight can be defined as the ability to understand intellectually and emotionally why a behaviour is wrong.’

But I'm grateful for the thought of 17th century lawyer/ethicists criticising Galileo for his lack of insight.

'He’s a decent enough chap but he’s got this fixation about Copernicus. Insists the earth moves round the sun when he just needs to stick his head out the window to see that he’s wrong.'

Competing interests: No competing interests

23 October 2017
Michael O'Donnell
Retired GP. Jouneyman writer
Loxhill GU8 4BD