Thursday, 29 October 2009

Paradigm Shift

The application of Information Technology to make democracy more egalitarian, as is described here, may be considered a Paradigm Shift.
Thomas Kuhn, in his 1962 book "The Structure of Scientific Revolutions", wrote about how scientific ideas have developed. He questioned the notion expressed by Isaac Newton: "If I have seen a little further it is by standing on the shoulders of giants." Kuhn argued that scientists operate within a common world view or paradigm. They operate within the established theory, struggling with its anomalies. Then, perhaps quite suddenly, someone looks at the evidence from a new perspective, outside of the current paradigm, and realises that this new view better explains the evidence. For example astronomers struggled for years with the Ptolemaic Earth Centred world view before adopting the Copernicus heliocentric system and Newtonian Mechanics was quite quickly superseded by Quantum Physics.
Could it be that Interactive Democracy would unstick our thinking that may, at present, be locked into party political struggles for power, and allow new ideas to grow, with the support and encouragement of others, into brilliant new paradigms?

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