Why Dory Wanted to Escape Her Fishbowl (In Finding Nemo)

ImageofFishParadigmChange  Let’s take a time-out from these last few blog entries.  Because it is so important to achieving any goal, let’s talk about paradigms.

What is a paradigm?  And why should you care?

Hey!  Another Guy Named “Kuhn”!

Historian Thomas Kuhn coined the term “paradigm” in his book The Structure of Scientific Revolutions, written in 1962 while he was a professor at The University of California, Berkeley.  In this book, Kuhn proposed that scientists must always be aware of paradigm shifts which open up new ways of understanding things that they may not have previously considered valid.

Since 1962 the terms “paradigm” and “paradigm shift” have entered our everyday lexicon and have also come to be applied to everyone (scientists and non-scientists alike).

I Hope Someone Put Fresh Water in My Tank

Some have said that a paradigm can be likened to a lens through which you perceive the world.  In that analogy, the lens would be all-encompassing – meaning it would be a lens that governed every possible way you can experience the world.  Visually, tactically, auditorily, and philosophically.

A better analogy, then, might be to compare a paradigm to a fish bowl.  And you are the fish swimming in that bowl.

Your paradigms, in this analogy, are the fish bowl in which you swim.  They are the world you inhabit.

I’ve Never Talked With a Fish, But I Saw a Movie Once Where They Talked

Think about this analogy for a moment: a fish has no reason to ever question the fish bowl in which it swims.  To the fish, the bowl in which she swims is all there is.  And she not only has no reason (or ability) to question the worldview her fishbowl provides her, but she would also have no ability to change it even if she wanted.

Unless you’re Dory from Finding Nemo.

You, however, a not a fish.  (If you are, please contact me and share how you’re reading this blog!) And, while you may have never questioned your fishbowl (your paradigms), as a human being, you certainly have the ability to do so.  In fact, you also have the ability to change fishbowls if you decide to do so.

So now the original question: why should you care about this?  Why would you ever step outside your current paradigms to examine your “fishbowl”?

Why?  Because You CAN!  Well…That and the Fact that Your Entire Life Can Improve and You Can Finally Lose Your Unwanted Weight.

The answers to those questions are not only exciting but also offer great promise:

  1. If you are experience issues with efficacy in your life (an inability to finally achieve a goal or an inability to get from point “A” to point “B” in your life) such as, but not limited to, not being able to lose unwanted weight, not being able to find a satisfying romantic relationship, not being able to get out of debt, or not being the kind of parent you want, you will undoubtedly find that changing your paradigms will be the missing solution that has been eluding you!
  2. Your paradigms are created by science and scientific progress.  And, in all but a few cases, the paradigms you currently hold are all formed from the science of the first scientific revolution.  But guess what?  You may not realize this, but we have had a second scientific revolution.  And the science of the second scientific revolution, quantum physics, is infinitely more accurate, reliable, and powerful than the first.
  3. Therefore, your next assumption is more correct than you can imagine: you have new paradigms available to you today (from quantum physics) that are mighty and potent, capable of catapulting you to success in a wide array of life goals.

So…should you examine your paradigms (and change them as you see fit)?  I hope you now agree that the answer to that question is a resounding “Yes!“.

And this blog will continue to discuss and reveal these new paradigms (and how to use them).  So stay tuned…

Why You Should Take “Earth Wind & Fire: Greatest Hits” Off Your iTunes

newton 1  Before the Scientific Revolution the following were known scientific “facts”:

  • All of existence was a moment-to-moment, renewable miracle, and God’s divine power was the one and only cause or explanation for any of it.
  • There were only four elements on Earth, and all things here were made of them: air, fire, earth, and water.
  • Fire and air, being lightweight, naturally traveled upward, above the Earth, and combined to form a fifth element called aether.
  • Everything not on the Earth (stars, planets, moon, etc.) was made of aether.
  •  The Earth was the center of the universe; the Sun and the planets revolved around the Earth in epicycles.
  • The one and only cause of all planetary motion was God’s divine power.

Hey!  What About God?

Can we agree not to get into a debate about the “…God’s power…” portion of this list?

I trust it is sufficient to say that after the Scientific Revolution, even though many still believed in God and God’s power, people also acknowledged proven scientific facts that govern our natural world.  Forces and materials such as gravity, matter, elements, chemical reactions, and other verifiable phenomena became known, undisputed, and accepted as active agents in our universe.

So, the real reason, people began to discard their previous inaccurate beliefs was because of the new science which came from the Scientific Revolution.

What Did Science Say That Was So Juicy and Enticing?

And what did the science of the Scientific Revolution say?  Primarily:

  1. Each “thing” (including the universe itself) is made of smaller parts with predictable functions.  The smaller parts play roles in making the larger thing work.  That is their “job.”
  2.  For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.  Every movement has a cause.  Every action is determined by something else exerting itself upon the thing that acted.
  3. The observer and the observed are two separate things.  A scientist, a teacher, a manager, an administrator, etc., are all distinct and separate observers of what they are observing or experimenting with.
  4. Things occur in a logical, linear fashion.  When a certain outcome occurs, you can always find the cause by tracing the multiplied effects backwards.  Action is like a row of dominoes falling after the first one gets pushed.

These four scientific facts (or “facts” as you’ll soon learn…hint, hint… in future posts) are the science you and I learned in our high school science classes.

What’s So Juicy and Enticing About Those Four Things?

These four scientific facts created new paradigms which began to govern people’s beliefs.  And these paradigms have been in place since the Scientific Revolution.

More about those paradigms soon (and why you should care about them)…

How to Stop Brushing Your Teeth with Puppy Urine

Head in Hands  Do you believe any of the following:

  • Wrapping urine-soaked hose around your neck is a good way to fight off colds.
  • The planets move around in the “universal aether” because they are being pushed by angels.
  • Surgeons should carve holes in skulls to cure migraines, seizures, and mental illness.
  • Beaver testicles can be ground up and mixed with alcohol as a female contraceptive.
  • Mercury, a deadly poison, should be applied externally to cure wounds and consumed internally to cure a wide variety of ailments such as constipation.
  • Bad smells and malodorous vapors cause illness.
  • Women should rub puppy urine on their faces as a beauty treatment (and even brush their teeth with it).
  • Having sexual intercourse under an evergreen tree produces abundant and fertile harvests.

Of course not.  (Well…a few of my friends have tried to convince their spouses of the last one on that list, but they don’t really believe it themselves)

Now Hold On Just a Second There, Buddy!  I Happen to Like Puppy Urine!

But why don’t you believe any of those things?

Because they aren’t true, right?

But during the Middle Ages all of those things I listed were “true”.  Each of those beliefs were accepted as “true” by the vast majority of people.

I’d Like to Think I’m Smarter Than Someone From the Middle Ages.  I Am, Right?

Were the people of the Middle Ages stupid?  Were they primitive?  Gullible?  Naive?

Maybe, but no more than you and I are today.  The people of the Middle Ages believed those things because of their science.

Science creates our paradigms.  And our paradigms create our beliefs. (Click that link to Tweet it)

More later about Middle Age science and how people learned to stop brushing their teeth with puppy urine…