The Problem with Paradigms

The success of the paradigm... is at the start largely a promise of success ... Normal science consists in the actualization of that promise... Mopping up operations are what engage most scientists throughout their careers. They constitute what I am here calling normal science... That enterprise seems an attempt to force nature into the preformed and relatively inflexible box that the paradigm supplies. No part of the aim of normal science is to call forth new sorts of phenomena; indeed those that will not fit the box are often not seen at all. Nor do scientists normally aim to invent new theories, and they are often intolerant of those invented by others.


Is that scientists tend to try and keep nature in the box, ignoring phenomena that fall outside the paradigm.

Folksonomies: truth paradigm

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 The Structure of Scientific Revolutions
Books, Brochures, and Chapters>Book:  Kuhn, Thomas S. (1996-12-15), The Structure of Scientific Revolutions, University Of Chicago Press, Retrieved on 2012-06-08
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