Paradigm and Perception
March 12, 2007 8:16pm CST
So, if we build reality out of our already existing store of memories, emotions and association, how do we ever perceive anything new? If you perceive only what you know, how do you ever perceive anything new? If you create you, how do you ever create any new you? What is the real world?
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13 Mar 07
I think it is intuition/creativity/imagination(or simply perception) that allow us to expand our paradigm. That is what happens in science(when it evolves). To prove something new you cannot do that only considering what you already know. A new theory is not just a consequence of what you already know. You always have to work with new basic principles, and principles cannot be deduced from anywhere. You need intuition and imagination to conceive them and society sometimes have problems when inference cannot be used to go further. Our society has a little problem accepting new principles. So when you need to abandon one old principle because it is the only way to explain some things in nature, it can be very hard for society to adapt to the new ideas. For me an old paradigm that needs to be abandoned is empiricism. Limitations of this idea can be perceived in many places and they are very obvious sometimes. You don´t need to abandon reason and logic to see its limitation.