The modern-day philosopher Thomas Kuhn theorized that scientific revolutions are only brought about by practitioners who are not already trained to think a certain way - or to use Kuhn's terminology, in keeping with a given paradigm. When people train themselves to believe something, they expect their observations to match their beliefs, and thus may fail to observe something truly revolutionary.
John Horgan reminisces about his experience interviewing the philosopher of science Thomas Kuhn: "What Thomas Kuhn really thought about 'scientific truth'". He includes a long excerpt from his book, The End of Science, and the post ... Read Post
By Eric SchulmanAlexandria, Virginia AbstractIn this paper we explore the resistance of astronomers to new paradigms. 1. IntroductionIn the classic work The Structure of Scientific Revolutions (Kuhn 1962), Thomas S. Kuhn describes s... Read Post
Daniel Little discusses Thomas Kuhn's contributions to the philosophy of science: Kuhn's paradigm shift, by Daniel Little: Thomas Kuhn's The Structure of Scientific Revolutions (1962) brought about a paradigm shift of its own, in th... Read Post