Toward A New Paradigm

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Curated by Malcolm McClay & Chicory Miles

Participating Artists: Lala Rascic, Dan Tague, Generic Art Solutions, Malcolm McClay, Christopher Saucedo, Chicory Miles, Center for Tactical Magic, Jeff Becker

14 – 29 June 2014
126 Gallery, Flood St, Galway



Toward a New Paradigm 

” In Thomas Kuhn’s The Structure of Scientific Revolutions, he explains that during ‘normal’ periods, scientists did indeed research and test their theories, but instead of reaching out towards new truth, they were in fact simply seeking confirmation of the scientific paradigm of the day. Teachers and texts all worked to support the prevailing orthodoxy and tended to ignore anything that challenged it; they could advance no further than the current paradigm, which thus acquired a conviction and rigidity that was not unlike theological dogma. But then – as had occurred during the 1920s – the ‘normal’ period was succeeded by a dramatic paradigm shift. The accumulating uncertainties and puzzling results of experiments became irresistible and scientists contended with each other to find a new paradigm. This was not a rational process; it consisted of imaginative and unpredictable flights into the unknown, all influenced by metaphors, imagery and assumptions drawn from other fields. Khun seemed to suggest that aesthetic, social, historical and psychological factors were also involved, so that the idea of ‘pure science’ was a chimera.     —The Case for God by Karen Armstrong  (more…)

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