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Posted by: Lloyd, Wednesday, May 23, 2012, 7:43pm
Denying the view of science as a continual building process, Kuhn held that a revolution is a destructive as well as a creative act. The proposer of a new paradigm stands on the shoulders of giants (to borrow Newton’s phrase) and then bashes them over the head. He or she is often young or new to the field, that is, not fully indoctrinated. Most scientists yield to a new paradigm reluctantly. They often do not understand it, and they have no objective rules by which to judge it. Different paradigms have no common standard for comparison; they are “incommensurable,” to use Kuhn’s term. Proponents of different paradigms can argue forever without resolving their basic differences because they invest basic terms—motion, particle, space, time—with different meanings.  The conversion of scientists is thus both a subjective and political process. It may involve sudden, intuitive understanding—like that finally achieved by Kuhn as he pondered Aristotle. Yet scientists often adopt a paradigm simply because it is backed by others with strong reputations or by a majority of the community.
Posted by: 18545 (Guest), Wednesday, May 23, 2012, 7:48pm; Reply: 1

{i do like the imagery of scientists riding on giants, bashing each other over the head with their clipboards}  gives me a good giggle.
Posted by: ruthiegirl, Wednesday, May 23, 2012, 9:31pm; Reply: 2
I wonder if Dr Peter D'Adamo was able to do as much as he's done, in part  because he had the support of his father. It was Dr James D'Adamo who made the major breakthrough, although Dr Peter has made a whole lot of refinements.

I'm trying to think if Dr Peter is bashing his father on the head or if he and his father are jointly bashing other "giants" on the head. Interesting visual.
Posted by: Goldie, Wednesday, May 23, 2012, 11:59pm; Reply: 3

.... 'majority of the community'........ only if the community lets them get away with it..

There was a time when doctors would not have to explain anything to patients.. now they are more then happy to do so.. but change comes at a cost, to everyone.. and takes enormous stay power to accomplish it.  (sledgehammer methods) Most people give in to the pressure of money, prestige or age.. Dr D has endured both WITH the help of us all who encourage him as much as we encourage each other to give CHANGE a chance..

Great post..  

even being willing to make changes, I was not willing to adopt the label diabetes, even though I wanted to beat the stigma/label/condition, I still for years did not get to 'comprehend' all the changes needed.  "I" do not ascribe to ME the common understanding about pancreas and whatever, to this day I am looking for anything that will point in the direction of fixing the intestines, and then the diabetes will get fixed also..

I have no real bases for this but gut level that is where I am headed. It is taking me years 15 to fight it.. and now 15 to fix it.. is that change? I hope that some day science will show up and agree!  BTD is the first step for sure, and study of the subject is the constant..   yes it is change, but more so internally, slowly 'agreeing' that something has to happen to make the label go away..    :-/ sometimes I am only left with  ??) ::) :o ;D :X
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