This term (and paradigm
) comes from the historian
of science Thomas Kuhn
. A paradigm is the set of unquestioned ideas scientists
share when doing normal science
. A paradigm shift is when a paradigm fails radically to explain the data, and instead of changing it a bit, science has to make up something new. This is also known as revolutionary science
, or a scientific revolution
Sample paradigms and paradigm shifts.
This term is abused and used out of context all the time.