So the word count for the following few posts will be reduced since I will be super busy the next few days.
You know because I’ve got 1 assignment, 1 lab report, preparation for 1 presentation and research for 2 final history essays.
Oh and research for exchange.
And general exam revision.
Yay stress town!
Whoop Whoop! Yup.
Anyways, I’m going to be talking about Kuhnian revolutions for my 500(ish) words today. Why? Because it has to deal with one of my assignments and I have writer’s block right now about how to structure my essay, so this is just me rambling for a bit to get the creative juices flowing.
Think of this as the equivalent of scribbling in the corner of a piece of paper to get the ink flowing again.
So, back to Thomas Kuhn and his ideas about how scientific revolutions occur (which is a weird mix of history, science with philosophy thrown in just because)
Basically, there are 5 steps to a Kuhnian cycle.
- Normal Science – the area where research takes place, where major progress toward the field of knowledge is made
- Model Drift – An anomaly emerges, people start doubting the existing paradigm
- Model Crisis – The anomalies build to the point where the original paradigm collapses
- Model Revolution – A new model for explaining the phenomenon emerges
- Paradigm Change – The changed model begins to gain supporters and eventually becomes the new Normal Science
Oh and sometimes people include an extra step before normal science (called Pre-science) where scientist just begin to observe and understand the field before any laws or theories are made that are able to make advances in the area of knowledge.
To be honest, I think the model overly simplifies the complex process of scientific discovery. For example, sometimes an anomaly doesn’t lead to a new model that replaces the old, but creates a new branch of science entirely, like the creation of quantum mechanics being a new branch rather than taking over and replacing Newtonian physics. Or how revolutions in one field trigger model crisis in others, like how the theory of uniformitarianism in Geology lead to the challenging of creationism and the rise of evolution.
But yeah, interesting stuff. The more you think about it the more it falls apart except in very specific cases in physics in my opinion.
Or maybe that just because I study science and the thought that all notable discoveries can be shoehorned into a single framework just intuitively doesn’t feel right to me.
I’m not sure. 😛
That’s the problem with essays like this in my opinion. When you get to essays what get as philosophical as this, it becomes hard to articulate your stance, especially in a way where you sneak under the word count.
Other than this assignment, I’ve got a lab this Friday which is on the Hill reaction (related to photosynthesis). But yeah, week 1 of November is over, and now we are slowly ramping up to the crazy exam weeks…
Oh boy, here we go!
So that should be enough words by now (just checked. Yup!), see you later!