Synergistic Emergence In the 21st Century

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What is a Paradigm?

Webster’s Dictionary defines PARADIGM as: a pattern, example or model. Paradigms can be thought of as the framework that has unwritten rules but directs actions.

Definition of paradigm from The Paradigm Web:

The word “paradigm” was originally one of those obscure academic terms that has undergone many changes of meaning over the centuries. The classical Greeks used it to refer to an original archetype or ideal. Later it came to refer to a grammatical term. In the early 1960s Thomas Kuhn (1922-1996) wrote a ground breaking book, The Structure of Scientific Revolutions, in which he showed that science does not progress in an orderly fashion from lesser to greater truth, but rather remains fixated on a particular dogma or explanation – a paradigm – which is only overthrown with great difficulty and a new paradigm established. Thus the Copernican system (the sun at the center of the universe) overthrew the Ptolemaic (the earth at the center) one, and Newtonian physics was replaced by Relativity and Quantum Physics. Science thus consists of periods of conservatism (“Normal” Science) punctuated by periods of “Revolutionary” Science.

Definition of paradigm shift from Notes on The Paradigm Conspiracy by Denise Breton and Christopher Largent:

When anomalies or inconsistencies arise within a given paradigm and present problems that we are unable to solve within a given paradigm, our view of reality must change, as must the way we perceive, think, and value the world. We must take on new assumptions and expectations that will transform our theories, traditions, rules, and standards of practice. We must create a new paradigm in which we are able to solve the unsolvable problems of the old paradigm.

For an example of the paradigm model, be sure to click here for our Future Looking Back to Now page.

Webster’s Dictionary defines NOUVEAU as:

Pronunciation: nü-’vO
Function: adjective
Etymology: French, from Middle French novel
: newly arrived or developed

Webster’s Dictionary defines FOUNDATION as:

Pronunciation: \fau̇n-ˈdā-shən\
Function: noun

Etymology: Middle English foundacioun  < Latin fundātiōn-  (stem offundātiō ),

equivalent to fundāt ( us ) (past participle of fundāre;) + -iōn

1: the act of founding

2: a basis (as a tenet, principle, or axiom) upon which something stands or is supported <the foundations of geometry> <the rumor is without foundation in fact>
3  a : funds given for the permanent support of an institution :endowment
b : an organization or institution established by endowment with provision for future maintenance
4: an underlying base or support; especially : the whole masonry substructure of a building
5: a body or ground upon which something is built up or overlaid