In the mid 1800’s, Dr. Ignaz Semmelweiss attempted to convince the scientific community that lack of hand washing contributed to the cases of Puerperal Fever, a germ borne illness that caused a high mortality rate in women giving birth in his clinic. Semmelweiss’ claims conflicted with the established scientific and medical methods of the time and since he could offer no scientific explanation for his findings his ideas were rejected, and ridiculed. It would be only after his death that his findings were accepted following Pasteur’s theory of germ disease.
In a time when bloodletting was the standard practice for treating diseases, scientists and medical doctors could not perceive that there could be a microscopic existence of germs and bacteria that could cause disease and death in humans. Yet there it was, a world of living organisms existing under our dimensional blindness. What is now empirical evidence was once just the intuition of a brilliant and compassionate doctor considered inept by his distinguished peers.
It begs the question, what else lies beyond our natural senses?
Isn’t it interesting that some scientists are now following their own intuitions into theories of multiple universes, parallel universes, string theory and alternate dimensions outside of the scope of the physical senses? And still, there are those who contend that such scientists are guilty of fringe science, or pseudoscience. Just like in the example of Semmelweiss, only time will tell. But if anything can be taken away from Semmelweiss’ story, it should be that other dimensions currently unknown and undetected can and probably do exist.