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- n. A radical change in thinking from an accepted point of view to a new one, necessitated when new scientific discoveries produce anomalies in the current paradigm.
- n. A radical change in thinking from an accepted point of view to a new belief.
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Kuhn’s prototypical illustration of a paradigm shift at work occurred in sixteenth-century, pre-Enlightenment Europe: It wasn’t until the all-enveloping primacy of the Catholic Church was challenged by a growing belief in empiricism and experimentation that Ptolemy’s earth-centric theory of the universe was overturned by Copernicus’s heliocentric one, in which the earth is just one of the planets orbiting the sun.
Is the Internet going to create incremental additional new revenues, cannibalize many of the old ones, create a cash-depleting piracy opportunity or represent an entire paradigm shift to a new posttheatrical economy?
Rockefeller's reversal came to mind last week when former Secretary of State George Shultz, former Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker, former NATO Secretary General Javier Solana, three former Latin American presidents from Brazil, Colombia and Mexico, and the current prime minister of Greece among others issued a joint report—as the Global Commission on Drug Policy—"describ[ing] the drug war as a failure and call[ing] for a paradigm shift in global drug policy."