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Paradigm - the unwritten rules in which we literally govern our lives with When these rules are broken or violated we become uncomfortable It is the need of every human being on earth to have direction and order Without direction and order we find ourselves lost confused and even helpless Paradigms are found virtually everywhere and on many different levels However the role of paradigm in science holds a very important position Paradigm in science simply governs the ways in which you are expected to look at your data Thus you could say that paradigm acts as a problem solver Throughout history many scientists have continually found themselves forced to challenge the paradigms of their studies Their ideas may be entirely and undoubtably correct but paradigm shoots it down immediately Why does this happen Its actually quite easy to understand People dont like change Many scientists of the past including Nicolaus Copernicus have all been forced to express their correct ideas in the light of paradigm Nicolaus Copernicus discovered and understood something about the universe that no man before him had realized In fact the changes Copernicus would make to the structure of the universe would change the ways in which many people lived Previously both Aristotle and Ptolemy had believed that the universe was simply earth-centered They had evidence that logically supported this idea For instance the sun came up in the east and set in the west The next day this very same process was repeated as the sun would come up in the east This gave the illusion that the sun was actually moving around the earth However Copernicus realized that the earth was not at the center of the universe He changed the systems that Aristotle and Ptolemy had previously used and ultimately concluded that the universe was actually sun-centered Copernicus was correct but the role of paradigm suddenly kicked in and began to hamper his discoveries The
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