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model, each embodying more of an idea rather than an exacting definition. Being cognizant of

the manner in which these terms are used is critical to understanding the Kuhnian model.

A paradigm is the central construct

Kuhn employs. A paradigm is a framework for

investigating and explaining the natural

world.1 A good paradigm has several

characteristics. First, it provides satisfactory

justification for the basis of its theories that

explain observed phenomenon. This avoids

having the scientist constantly defend his

theory from its core principles, freeing up

more time and resources. Second, it outlines

certain specific problems or ‘puzzles’ that

might be solved if approached with the

paradigm. Thus, the paradigm directs energy

and resources towards developing better

instruments, mathematics, and/or processes

that might help explain the phenomena that

are not yet accounted for by the paradigm. In

undertaking this investigation, scientists are

not actively seeking to develop revolutionary

ideas that upend the existing paradigm.

1

Kuhn, pgs. 10-11, 23

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