The odd new paradigm

We quoted Thomas Kuhn 14 years ago:

In a sense I am unable to explicate further, the proponents of competing paradigms practice their trades in different worlds. (p. 150)

The transfer of allegiance from paradigm to paradigm is a conversion experience that cannot be forced….

Darwin, in a particularly perceptive passage at the end of his Origin of Species, wrote: “Although I am fully convinced of the truth of the views given in this volume…, I by no means expect to convince experienced naturalists whose minds are shocked with a multitude of facts all viewed, during a long course of years, from a point of view directly opposite to mine….[B]ut I look with confidence to the future, — to young and rising naturalists, who will be able to look at both sides of the question with impartiality.” And Max Planck, surveying his own career in his Scientific Autobiography, sadly remarked that “a new scientific truth does not triumph by convincing its opponents and making them see the light, but rather because its opponents eventually die, and a new generation grows up that is familiar with it.” (p. 151)

The paradigm of AOC and her supporters is very odd indeed. Virtually no one lives and acts, travels, stays out of low-lying areas, etc., as though they really believe the climate nonsense. We’re living in an especially weird version of Elmer Gantry. We sure hope the movie ends well.

One Response to “The odd new paradigm”

  1. feeblemind Says:

    Yeah. Let’s hope it ends well.

    The Dem leadership is not at all pleased with AOC.

    So the question is, can they run her out of power or will her oratorical skills, good looks, and charisma keep her in office?

    I don’t know the answer to that.

    Of course there is always the possibility of rigging her next election, yes?

    Dems are good at that.

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