is a Paradigm?
It was once believed and taught by coaches that 1) the
maximum distance a human could run was 30 miles, and 2) the fastest a
human could run a mile in was 4 minutes. There was great speculation about
what would be needed for a human to reach the ultimate and run a mile
in 4 minutes. Scientists that studied running believed that if a human
ever ran the 4 minute mile, the temperature and altitude would have to
be just right for it to ever happen. Then in 1954 Roger Bannister ran
a mile in 3 minutes 59.4 seconds, and both the temperature and altitude
were not what was predicted to be needed. Within two years 50 runners
had met or beaten Roger Bannister's record. In 2001 the mile was run in
3 minutes and 43 seconds. Shortly after Bannister's run, a primitive group
of people was found, who as part of their right of passage, routinely
run 150 miles.
These are examples of paradigms. A paradigm is a basic set of beliefs
that a group of people believes. For them it is the way the world really
is and if the paradigm says that a person can't run more then 30 miles
then in fact they can't run more then 30 miles. The only way that they
will ever be able to run further is if their paradigm changes. All paradigms
are based on a set of assumptions called principles or axioms.
In our modern world it is science that sets our paradigms. If science
says that something can't be real or true then that is a fact. But what
most people don't know is that science is based on a set of five assumptions.
Then if any of these assumptions are found to be wrong, any experiments
based on those assumptions must be re-interpreted using new assumptions
In the last 90 years science has shown all five to be wrong/not true.
In fact all of reality may exist in many states all at the same time!!!!