This an excellent look at the reality of scientific paradigm shifts. After some fifty years of looking at change, specifically types of revolutionary change, as first defined by Thomas Kuhn we now have many layers and levels of paradigm change.

The realm of science and medicine, as illustrated here, is the simplest to see as the results are usually visible and measurable after the change has been made. That doesn’t make such shifts any easier but it does, eventually, make them inevitable.

At the broader scale, where I tend to work, the process is so difficult that it takes generations, or it once did, but now we have to deal with compression, population, and technical transformation that both accelerates the process and empowers counter revolutionary campaigns. Stated simply the complexity and implications of successful paradigmatic shifts in an accelerating process triggers mass confusion.

Such is the world we live in. While the fear is growing that we have managed to make such a mess of things that we have lost any common framework on which to agree this chaos is the resource that allows new and unexpected solutions to formerly unsolvable problems. That is the nature of paradigmatic change as illustrated by replacement of the old earth centered universe with the new, emerging infinite one.

All of this is not simple. It is also not linear. Homo sapiens are heavily challenged by complexity and nonlinearity. But we are able to build logical systems that can handle these things. The big paradigm shift we may or may not survive to achieve will almost certainly replace us with better systems for dealing with sentient observation controlled wave collapse and the reality of the multiverse.

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