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The nature of scientific revolutions

The nature of scientific revolutions

Normal science is commonly held conclusions. When scientific revolutions occur, they can be invisible and hard to detect, but they are of crucial importance. 

A person will only change their mind about a scientifically held belief from an old paradigm through repeated testing.

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Scientific revolutions in a nutshell

Scientific revolutions in a nutshell

The scientific community cannot practise science without some set of accepted beliefs that form the foundation on how to practice science. 

Normal science, the everyday work of scientists, is set on the assumption that the scientific community knows what the world is like. Its success comes...

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The response to crises

A paradigm will become messy as people try to expand their existing views outward into new, creative directions. 

A crisis can end if:

  • It is resolved within the existing and accepted paradigm.
  • The problem is categorically explained but without the technol...

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Scientific progress is not linear

Many people think that science progresses in a linear fashion, from ignorance to knowledge. If that were true, old ideas would never need to be overturned, only built upon. 

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The priority of paradigm

Because there is a paradigm doesn’t mean there is a set of rules that accompany it. Historians can generally find the paradigms of a given community, but finding the specific rules that the community followed is more difficult because:

  • Scientists may follow the same paradigm yet disagr...

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Paradigms and discoveries

Paradigms and discoveries

Paradigms are at the heart of normal science. A paradigm is a collection of interconnected beliefs we use to understand the world. But it is a limited process. 

Scientific discoveries become paradigms when they are remarkable enough to attract a loyal following but still leave questions and...

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Anomalies and crises

One of the major functions of normal science is to solve anomalies. However, scientists often assure themselves there is a solution within the paradigm, and it must just be found. But this isn’t always the case. 

Crises are a necessary precondition for the emergence of novel theories. Somet...

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Paradigm shifts change the world

Paradigm shifts change the world

Almost every field has certain established beliefs and paradigms. It means that nearly anything could be subject to a crisis.

When a paradigm changes, almost the entire world changes with them. Scientists ask different questions, follow different rules and use different terms.

Scienti...

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The pattern of a scientific revolution

Scientific revolutions happen in a specific pattern:

  • Normal science: Adding to existing knowledge through experiments and study.
  • Puzzle-solving: Finding and fixing discrepancies in science.
  • Paradigm: Th...

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The route of normal science

The route of normal science

Normal science means the study based on the previous scientific knowledge that is learned through textbooks and formal education. These textbooks:

  • Outline the main questions of a field and 
  • Give methods to answer them. 

Scientists are happy to refer to past achievem...

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History of the paradigm shift

Psychologist Jean Piaget saw children's development as a series of separate stages marked by periods of adjustments. Inspired partly by Piaget, Thomas Kuhn - a physicist, philosopher, and historian of science -proposed two kinds of scientific change:

  • Incremental developments in the c...

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