A prominent argument against government intervention to social reform is that most people’s lot in life can be attributed to personal decisions rather than environmental factors. Although personal decisions do play an important factor, they do not fully account for … Continue reading Hindrance to Social Reform
In terms of this paper, my understanding is indegree is the amount of papers that cite a given paper and outdegree is the amount of papers that the paper cites. The greater the difference between papers that cite a paper … Continue reading Flow Vergence Gradient: Citation Quantity vs Quality in Determining Research Impact
Predicting paradigm shifts is important because often, the old paradigms and work and technology associated with them are unable to coexist simultaneously with the new ones. This can lead to a loss of time, opportunity, and money of those invested … Continue reading Cost of not Predicting Paradigm Shifts
As the scientific literature library grows there grows an increasing need to evaluate the value and impact of published research. This has even become a field of study termed sciencetometrics. Those familiar with research may know of journal impact factors … Continue reading Studying the Impact of Science and Networks
Reading the book The Sixth Extinction by Elizabeth Kolbert has made me think about paradigm shifts. Discussed in the book, is how researchers trained with a certain viewpoint within their field are often hesitant to accept an abrupt change in … Continue reading What if scientists practiced anticipating the next paradigm shift in their fields?
How does the average everyday citizen exercise imagining paradigm shifts? To imagine a paradigm shift is to take an accepted idea and imagine that it is no longer true. Within fields of study, it is easier to identify long-standing accepted … Continue reading What do paradigm shifts for everyday life look like?
I was just thinking about paradigm shifts, inspired by the book The Six Extinction by Elizabeth Kolbert. I was wondering if it was possible to predict paradigm shifts in culture, or within certain fields of research, and I came across … Continue reading Predicting Paradigm Shifts and Change
There is incremental progress, then there are paradigm shifts. Physicist Thomas Kuhn coined the term “paradigm shift” in the 1960s to explain how changes in science occur. Since then, the phrase “paradigm shift” has been applied to other fields outside … Continue reading Could you predict paradigm shifts?