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Kuhn, however, has limited applicability to organization theory and political theory, because the scientific enterprise has both sociological characteristics (respect for facts, a willingness to admit - indeed place at the forefront - outstanding unsolved problems with the paradigm, and several others which are less amenable to brief summary) and objective conditions (the laws of nature are not negotiable) which differ from politics. In politics, repeated failure on the merits is not a cause for censure, problems are glossed over rather than investigated, and reality that does not conform to paradigm can be forced into the paradigm... up to a point.

Unfortunately, at that point the guillotines tend to come out.

- Jake

Friends come and go. Enemies accumulate.

by JakeS (JangoSierra 'at' gmail 'dot' com) on Sat Jun 9th, 2012 at 09:20:01 AM EST
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reality that does not conform to paradigm can be forced into the paradigm... up to a point.

Daily Kos: "Human are like rats and cockroaches": the coming feudalism

you can't map an infinite plane onto a Euclidean solid.  

a grimly fascinating diary and comments over at lucifer's orangerie.

i feel we're caught in a hostage flick, and the takers are about to shoot greece, with the excuse that the food's running out, and we didn't grovel before our masters low enough, or send the ransom of our first-born with sufficient alacrity.

more virgins, stat!

the world gazes in zombie sorrow, paralysed by an ignorance too deep to fathom, and cheap microwaved popcorn.

i'm hoping when they toss greece's body in the trash, there will be a spasm of worldwide revulsion at the epically heartless and inane pretzel logic that puts banker profits above the real 'wealth of nations'.

'The history of public debt is full of irony. It rarely follows our ideas of order and justice.' Thomas Piketty

by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Sun Jun 10th, 2012 at 12:29:43 AM EST
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Welcome to the lifeboat scenario.
by rifek on Mon Jun 11th, 2012 at 12:01:00 PM EST
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