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1A Paradigm Shift in the end it is the definition of an educated person that has to change The de facto objectives of the system today are to pour knowledge into the child The more knowledge the child accumulates the more successful they are within the system Education remains linear in a decidedly non-linear world In 1962 Thomas Kuhn wrote The Structure of Scientific Revolution and fathered defined and popularized the concept of paradigm shift Kuhn argues that scientific advancement is not evolutionary but rather is a series of peaceful interludes punctuated by intellectually violent revolutions and in those revolutions one conceptual world view is replaced by another Think of a Paradigm Shift as a change from one way of thinking to another Its a revolution a transformation a sort of metamorphosis It just does not happen but rather it is driven by agents of change There are many instances throughout history where there have been paradigm shifts in science the Ptolemean Copernican shift Newtonian Einsteinian shift and so on I will reflect on one put forth as an example by Kuhn 1996 for major paradigm shifts in science The one that I will discuss is Newtons Principia and the occult qualities afforded by the invention of gravity Before Newtons discovery the scientists of the time had dispelled the belief that items had innate properties other than the directly observable ones color taste and even smell were secondary properties which could be explained in terms of size shape position and motion of elementary corpuscles This was the mechanico-corpuscular view of the world They had shunned the innate and essential properties of objects such as for example the tendency to fall due to the objects essential property to stay on the ground It is important to note that this mechanico-corpuscular paradigm was useful in that it explained if not solved many of the standard physical problems in a number of different sciences Hence
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