… paradigm shift. When a new discovery does not make sense in the current paradigm, it’s time for a new one, as Thomas Kuhn explains in The Structure of Scientific Revolutions. And those times are golden ages in science. So CERN is trying to make sense of neutrinos apparently traveling faster than light — impossible in our current paradigm. Good. Those 60 nanoseconds are our century’s advance in the perihelion of Mercury by 43 arc seconds in a century: tempting to dismiss, but taken seriously, the foundation of a revolution in our understanding of the universe.
I pounced on this story because one of the reasons I started this blog is to explain to conservatives the nature of the paradigm shifts now within our grasp in the fields of human potential, health and national security. This knowledge is why I am optimistic when others are not about our ability to restore America to prosperity, health and invincibility. But it’s not the kind of thing you can spring on people who don’t know you. However, I feel like my gentle readers and fellow bloggers know my character well enough by now to create the foundation of trust required to be willing to listen to ideas that are so different from the ones we currently accept, so I can begin to write about them more.