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What 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 or principles.

But 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!!!!

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