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“Paradigms are like glasses. When you have incomplete paradigms about yourself or life in general, it's like wearing glasses with the wrong prescription. The lens affects how you see everything else.” Sean Covey


Editor’s Essay: Your Life and Behavior Will Change Naturally, Easily, and even Quickly, When Your Metaparadigm Changes





Stanislav Grof: “A radical inner transformation and rise to a new level of consciousness might be the only real hope we have in the current global crisis brought on by the dominance of the Western mechanistic paradigm.”

Donella Meadows: “Your paradigm is so intrinsic to your mental process that you are hardly aware of its existence, until you try to communicate with someone with a different paradigm.”

Thomas Kuhn: “Rather than being an interpreter, the scientist who embraces a new paradigm is like the man wearing inverting lenses.”

Stephen Covey: “If you want small changes in your life, work on your attitude. But if you want big and primary changes, work on your paradigm.”

Joel A. Barker: “Usually the first problems you solve with the new paradigm are the ones that were unsolvable with the old paradigm.”

Petros Scientia: “When one person’s worldview differs from the worldview of another person, everything is fine until the two people realize that they aren’t seeing eye to eye. Each thinker will regard anything that clashes with his or her worldview to be insane and in conflict with reality.”

James Gleick: “Ideas that require people to reorganize their picture of the world provoke hostility.”



Maria Karvouni: “Seasons change and people's minds change. Every person's stance in life is fragile and is prone to shifting based on where their future is.”

Petros Scientia: “Worldviews seem real but they aren’t real. Our worldviews tend to guide our thinking about everything. And then our assumptions come out of those worldviews.”

Michael Davidow, Split Thirty: “Did you know that Judaism is based on paradigm shifts, Henry? First came Abraham, then came Moses. Then came the prophets, then came the rabbis. Pretty amazing stuff. Each iteration, reaching for the godhead. What comes next, Henry? What comes next?”



Matthew Donnelly: “The World is a product of all the different cultures in the World. True World impact and change of direction will be done by shifting the paradigm of every world culture.”

Thomas S. Kuhn, The Structure of Scientific Revolutions (1962): “Almost always the men who achieve these fundamental inventions of a new paradigm have been either very young or very new to the field whose paradigm they change.”

Thomas S. Kuhn, The Structure of Scientific Revolutions (1962): “We may... have to relinquish the notion, explicit or implicit, that changes of paradigm carry scientists and those who learn from them closer and closer to the truth... The developmental process described in this essay has been a process of evolution from primitive beginnings—a process whose successive stages are characterized by an increasingly detailed and refined understanding of nature. But nothing that has been or will be said makes it a process of evolution toward anything.”



Al Gore: “Well-established theories collapse under the weight of new facts and observations which cannot be explained, and then accumulate to the point where the once useful theory is clearly obsolete.”

Carl Sagan: “In science it often happens that scientists say, 'You know that's a really good argument; my position is mistaken,' and then they would actually change their minds and you never hear that old view from them again. They really do it. It doesn't happen as often as it should, because scientists are human and change is sometimes painful. But it happens every day. I cannot recall the last time something like that happened in politics or religion.”

Max Planck: Science advances one funeral at a time: “A new scientific truth does not triumph by convincing its opponents and making them see the light, but rather because its opponents eventually die, and a new generation grows up that is familiar with it.”



Editor's last word:

Al Gore and Carl Sagan express an ideal; it’s the way things should be. But Max Planck hits us squarely with how business is done most often here in the world of the ego. Scientists are human, too.