Braincare Paradigm Shift
Braincare Paradigm Shift

ince Thomas Kuhn introduced the concept of the paradigm shift over forty years ago in his landmark book, The Structure of Scientific Revolutions, it has been pummelled and parodied from academic towers to comic-strip basements. (Bumper sticker: Shifts happen!) Yet the notion that certain ideas can change the course of history—“What greater flood can there be than the flood of ideas?” wrote Victor Hugo (Les Misérables, 1862)—is irrefutable to those who are interested in science and what is true.

A paradigm is essentially a collection of beliefs held by scientists as the ground rules for how problems are to be understood. These shared theoretical and methodological beliefs are essential to scientific inquiry, without which scientists would be at sea . . . without compass, rudder, or sails.

Yet there comes a time in the course of any historical period when a paradigm starts to crumble, because too many anomalies have cropped up and too much inconvenient data has been swept under the carpet. Eventually the research efforts of scientific communities are no longer served by the tottering paradigm, and the intellectual climate is ripe for a shift. This, according to Kuhn, is an historic scientific event.

In Kuhn’s argument, the appearance of the shift is characteristic of how a mature science undergoes a transition from one way of looking at the world to another, very different, viewpoint. This process of old paradigm yielding to new paradigm is one of revolution. It is a process when “a scientist’s world is qualitatively transformed [and] quantitatively enriched by fundamental novelties of either fact or theory.” Yet few go easily into the future—especially those who have so much at stake in the old paradigm. From Hugo again: “An invasion of armies can be resisted; an invasion of ideas cannot” (Histoire d'un Crime, 1877–1878).

Within the pages of this issue of Life Enhancement, Durk Pearson and Sandy Shaw present—for the first time anywhere—a comprehensive and concrete strategy for braincare and how to get from here (the present) to there (the future) with one’s mind intact. Read their interview carefully, and if it seems not only plausible but impeccable in its reasoning, be prepared to act and catch the rising wave of the next healthcare paradigm. Once more from Hugo: “The idea alone is indestructible. Nothing lasts save the mind” (William Shakespeare, 1864).

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