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though of course I probably misread or am misremembering.

Takes a generation to die off before things change. Or, theoretically, in a democracy, vote the generation out.

Theoretically.

by John Redmond (Ladybeaterz@NolesAD.com) on Tue May 31st, 2016 at 07:36:39 AM EST
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Kuhn was referring specifically to the structure of scientific revolutions and resisted applying his theory to society as a whole. That hasn't stopped the wholesale adoption of his concepts of paradigm shift, normal science, and the sociological determinants of what is commonly thought to be conceivable, or common sense.

However there is no a priory reason why a generational change should lead to a paradigm shift - indeed the younger generation may cling to the old certainties more vehemently than those who came before. It takes the objective failure of a given set of ideas to achieve their desired goals for a mass re-examination to begin...

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Tue May 31st, 2016 at 03:21:09 PM EST
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For Kuhn the change was more something he observed than something he theorized. And it wasn't specifically generational.  I believe he quoted Neils Bohr' mordant quip that change in physics occurred one death at a time. But it takes many such deaths to make a paradigm shift, but, depending on the nature of the evidence, it can occur more swiftly or not at all. But I read the book around 50 years ago - in the year it was published, I think.

As the Dutch said while fighting the Spanish: "It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere." (But it helps!)
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Tue May 31st, 2016 at 03:33:43 PM EST
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