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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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