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Paradigm Shift: Expanding Our Horizon

Aug 11, 2008
Expanding our Horizon

The way we see science is changing. Our model of science is being tested, expanded to fit new discoveries. We could say we are going through a paradigm shift in science.

So what is a paradigm? Its a set of rules, the structure for how we 'do' science. Its like a map that we use in order to make sense of our reality. Therefore it governs not only our world, but our way of experiencing ourselves. Our current paradigm has been shaken in recent years by several discoveries that are anomalous to our way of thinking. They simply don't 'fit' with our expectations of the world.

These discoveries have grown as more and more scientists pay attention to them, and consequently, the body of evidence for these anomalies gets ever larger. As this happens, we are beginning to start to see the world in a new way- which is radically different to what we thought to be possible. So we are now living through a paradigm shift- whereby new knowledge is restructuring and transforming our current model of science.

Paradigm shifts are not always easy things to go through, because as science changes, it also means that your conception of reality changes. It changes what is possible. It changes what things mean. Sometimes, it also permits that a change in self is necessary to further understand these new discoveries.
So inevitably this can be scary-It forces us to discard that sense of security, that sense of knowledge and faith in science, and instead grasp hold of new ideas, new concepts, that seem absurd and strange in the light of what we already know and have been used to.

As these 'holes' that are showing in our current model of science become more evident, many deny their existence in order to cling to our current model. You see, us humans don't like change, and moreover, we don't want to discard the highly successful scientific methods that have done so much for the improvement of our lives.

In seeing the 'new' parts of the paradigm as oppositional to our current understanding, attacks on the new discoveries are natural and have been a hallmark of paradigm shifts throughout the ages.

Let me give you a few examples:

When Galileo discovered the stars he was condemned by the church, who were the ruling authority at the time

When Freud theorised that we had an unconscious mind many refused to believe him

When the X-Ray was discovered a Lord at the time said it was an elaborate hoax

So we can see that ideas that once were deemed ridiculous and false are gradually accepted as the boundaries of science change. We're basically redesigning our 'map' to fit our expectations.

Science can be viewed as an evolution of ideas, a story we construct through our discoveries of the world. In this way, the story is always unfolding. It's as if we're finding new pieces of a jigsaw puzzle - it often feels like they don't belong- we felt the picture was complete. However, when the new information is placed within our current view of the world, our perception of what is possible extends- our 'map' has just got larger.

Inevitably this can cause new anxiety- the realm of the quantum, nonlocal world is 'unknown territory'. Although we have created a new 'map' so to speak, we haven't experienced it for ourselves. This weird, somewhat spooky notion that matter is somewhat entangled and connected at a deeper level is beyond all previous conceptions.

Maybe its time to suspend our previous judgements and explore the unknown frontiers of science. Whole Science points to our current 'map' of science, and directs you towards those that are working beyond it, beyond our current perception of reality. Perhaps you'd like to 'peek behind the curtain', to see if in fact there are new things about the universe that we haven't discovered yet.

Is it possible that there is more out there than we currently know?

Copyright 2008 Whole Science
About the Author
Kerry Needs is founder of Whole Science. Whole Science is an information site which connects frontier science with self development resources on the power of consciousness. http://www.wholescience.net http://kerryneeds.blogspot.com
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