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Aug 25, 2005


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Will Spotts

Isaac Assimov wrote about what you term abduction in an essay. (I think it was called the Eureka Phenomenon or something similar. It was talking about those moments of insight that aren't really logically arrived at.)

The concept of the paradigm shift really does throw doubt on the notion of peer review. The true breakthroughs are never approved by peers -- who cling to their paragidm, and they have a vested interest in keeping away change. An existing paradigm only allows change in the model of gradual progress (through the outworking of the assumptions of the paradigm). For example, our current medical approach of prescribing drugs has so much of an apparatus vested in its continuation that other approaches, true or false, will have a terrible uphill battle -- and will be legally prohibited if possible. (Kind of like Galileo).

I'm also reminded of the Swift quote: "When a true genius appears in the world, you may know him by this sign, that the dunces are all in confederacy against him."

Michael Kruse

I love the swift quote!

I think the the post-modern take has been against science as supreme and wanting to see it for the human enterprise that it is.

will spotts

This, and your other ammendations about post-modern perspectives seem to fit my observations.

(I still don't know how to describe it -- and there is to my mind a huge difference between the philosophy and the working philosophy. Some parts of modernism seem to be retained, others are very different. One of the big things that changes is the prominence of the group -- as mentioned in two of the items. Another one is that the progress as absolute value only exists on the idividual and group levels -- i.e. groups evolve, people grow.)

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