A paradigm shift is a shift in the way in which you look at a particular topic, subject, knowledge area or way of approaching how to do something. The interesting thing is that people get stuck in paradigms because of what they believe to be the truth, i.e. an absolute truth. When in reality there are only facts and ‘the truth’ is just a way of looking at those facts.
People usually feel comfortable with their, “truths”, or their version of reality. When I say this to people they often think I am ’splitting hairs’ and that ‘facts’ and ‘truths’ are the same. Well actually nothing could be further from the truth. It is a recorded fact that when Columbus approached the American coastline the local natives could not see his ships. Now it’s a fact the ships were in the sea, but as far as the natives were concerned the truth of the matter was they were unable to see them. Whereas Columbus could see the natives. So what is happening here?
Put simply the local native population had never seen sailing ships and had no frame of reference to interpret the data being sent through their eyes to their brains. However Columbus and his crew had seen people before so they could see the local people even if they may have looked odd, they were still familiar enough to be recognized. Continue reading “What does it take for a paradigm shift?” »