Nonlinear Dynamics, Psychology, and Life Sciences, Vol. 11, Iss. 1, January, 2007, pp. 1-18
@2007 Society for Chaos Theory in Psychology & Life Sciences


Paradigms Lost?

M. Jayne Fleener, Louisiana State University
Michael L. Merritt, Geology Energy Management (GEM), Ltd. Baton Rouge, LA

Abstract: Thomas Kuhn (1957, 1962) explored the issues of paradigm shifts, scientific revolutions, and the relationship between them. Written before the techniques and practices of the complexity sciences were developed, Kuhn described what he termed the Copernican Revolution as the last scientific revolution signifying a paradigmatic shift in society. We will explore whether New Science approaches in nonlinear dynamics and complexity research signify postmodern science perspectives, and examine the role of New Science in what may be the on-going evolution of the next paradigm shift.

Keywords: nonlinear science, philosophy, paradigm