What is a paradigm? And why should you care?
Hey! Another Guy Named “Kuhn”!
Historian Thomas Kuhn coined the term “paradigm” in his book The Structure of Scientific Revolutions, written in 1962 while he was a professor at The University of California, Berkeley. In this book, Kuhn proposed that scientists must always be aware of paradigm shifts which open up new ways of understanding things that they may not have previously considered valid.
Since 1962 the terms “paradigm” and “paradigm shift” have entered our everyday lexicon and have also come to be applied to everyone (scientists and non-scientists alike).
I Hope Someone Put Fresh Water in My Tank
Some have said that a paradigm can be likened to a lens through which you perceive the world. In that analogy, the lens would be all-encompassing – meaning it would be a lens that governed every possible way you can experience the world. Visually, tactically, auditorily, and philosophically.
A better analogy, then, might be to compare a paradigm to a fish bowl. And you are the fish swimming in that bowl.
Your paradigms, in this analogy, are the fish bowl in which you swim. They are the world you inhabit.
I’ve Never Talked With a Fish, But I Saw a Movie Once Where They Talked
Think about this analogy for a moment: a fish has no reason to ever question the fish bowl in which it swims. To the fish, the bowl in which she swims is all there is. And she not only has no reason (or ability) to question the worldview her fishbowl provides her, but she would also have no ability to change it even if she wanted.
Unless you’re Dory from Finding Nemo.
You, however, a not a fish. (If you are, please contact me and share how you’re reading this blog!) And, while you may have never questioned your fishbowl (your paradigms), as a human being, you certainly have the ability to do so. In fact, you also have the ability to change fishbowls if you decide to do so.
So now the original question: why should you care about this? Why would you ever step outside your current paradigms to examine your “fishbowl”?
Why? Because You CAN! Well…That and the Fact that Your Entire Life Can Improve and You Can Finally Lose Your Unwanted Weight.
The answers to those questions are not only exciting but also offer great promise:
- If you are experience issues with efficacy in your life (an inability to finally achieve a goal or an inability to get from point “A” to point “B” in your life) such as, but not limited to, not being able to lose unwanted weight, not being able to find a satisfying romantic relationship, not being able to get out of debt, or not being the kind of parent you want, you will undoubtedly find that changing your paradigms will be the missing solution that has been eluding you!
- Your paradigms are created by science and scientific progress. And, in all but a few cases, the paradigms you currently hold are all formed from the science of the first scientific revolution. But guess what? You may not realize this, but we have had a second scientific revolution. And the science of the second scientific revolution, quantum physics, is infinitely more accurate, reliable, and powerful than the first.
- Therefore, your next assumption is more correct than you can imagine: you have new paradigms available to you today (from quantum physics) that are mighty and potent, capable of catapulting you to success in a wide array of life goals.
So…should you examine your paradigms (and change them as you see fit)? I hope you now agree that the answer to that question is a resounding “Yes!“.
And this blog will continue to discuss and reveal these new paradigms (and how to use them). So stay tuned…