The World is Flat

Long ago there was no field called science, there were just people trying to connect the dots. It was our philosophers through curiosity and observation who discovered so much about our natural world. People like Plato, Aristotle, Socrates and Galileo. They were thinkers, who were not afraid to look at accepted beliefs and question them. They were intrigued by things that happened and asked questions, of themselves, of others, and of the universe. That was in Europe, in other cultures people like these have been called Shamans, Wise Women or Men, Medicine people, etc.

Hi. I’m here to tell you the world is flat.  Oops wrong paradigm!!  Paradigms (pronounced “para-dimes”) are accepted ways of looking at and understanding our current world.   Looked at another way they are frameworks of accepted thought, that a govern a society’s view of … anything,  from physics to geography even the concepts of  good and bad.

The problem with belief systems is that we often stop “seeing” things which exist outside of those systems, even if they are right in front of our faces.

People like paradigms because they give the illusion that the corners of our world are tacked down, safe, predictable. They can also give us a sense of belonging… if we believe in the same paradigm.

I find them fascinating, because they reveal so much about where a given culture stands.

Paradigms can lead to complacency, they encourage people not to think for themselves.