Paradigm Perception

What is paradigm perception? What is a paradigm? How do you develope the ability to perceive paradigms? What are the specific mental skills and characteristics that enable paradigm perception? What are the signatures of paradigm changes and/or the need for same?

What is paradigm perception?

Paradigm perception is the ability to detect and refine thought and the singular conceptual essence of an individual, circumstance, body of knowledge, system or system of systems in a deductive fashion while simultaneously seeing how that singular concept fits seamlessly and integratively within the same. So it is the mindset of the integration of the two opposing modes of reasoning of induction and deuction. As wisdom is the very process of integrating and discerning the truths in opposite perspectives paradigm perception is a gift and skill of wisdom.

What is a paradigm?

A paradigm is a single concept that expresses, describes and creates an entire mental and temporal pattern of reality.

How do you develope the ability to perceive paradigms?

As described above wisdom and its integrative process and skills is the best way to cultivate the ability to perceive paradigms. This can be done by studying various or even just one wisdom tradition.

What are the specific mental skills and characteristics that enable paradigm perception?

One needs to cultivate certain mental habits like patience with decision making, openness to new ideas, ability to recognize orthodoxies true and false, willingness and ability to be comfortable with ambiguity, perseverance with lack of agreement and even despite the invalidations of others.

Paradigm perception also requires intricate and accurate knowledge about the individual, circumstance, body of knowledge, system or system of systems themselves that the paradigm applies to.

What are the signatures of paradigm changes and/or the need for same?

Here is a partial list:

  1. Conceptual opposition to the current/old paradigm
  2. Inversion/transformation of a present problematic duality, ratio, structural entity, systemic condition/reality
  3. Invalidation of current orthodoxies
  4. Discovery of a new tool or process, or re-discovery of an old tool’s greater significance
  5. Long term lingering unresolved problems within the old paradigm
  6. Intellectual, philosophical and moral confusion and ambiguity to the point where one thing, situation and reality appears to be and is claimed to be its opposite
  7. Obsessive orthodoxy, contention, polarization and, if a new paradigm is not perceived and accepted, disintegration and eventually chaos.
  8. Rise of authoritarian figures
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