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Cohen, Martin (2015). Paradigm Shift: How Expert Opinions Keep Changing on Life, the Universe, and Everything. Imprint Academic.

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  • "Philosophers of science have long recognised that the apparent solidity of expertise is an illusion- and that scientific knowledge is much more of a perpetually shifting mosaic of opinions than a steadily pieced together jigsaw of 'facts'."
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  • In this witty but profound 21st-century update on the issues, Martin Cohen offers vital clues for understanding not only the way knowledge develops, but also into the dangers of accepting too readily or too uncritically the claims of experts of all kinds -- even philosophical ones! The claims are invariably presented as objective fact, yet are rooted in human subjectivity.
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  • "Cohen's book is so engrossing because it challenges us to take an active part in questioning, or enforcing, current paradigms" --Perig Gouanvic, philosophical-investigations.org

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The shade of the bar looks invariant in isolation but variant in context, in (favor of) sharp contrast with the color gradient background, hence an innate illusion we have to reasonably interpret and overcome as well as the mirage. Such variance appearing seasonably from context to context may not only be the case with our vision but worldview in general in practice indeed, whether a priori or a posteriori. Perhaps no worldview from nowhere, without any point of view or prejudice at all!

Ogden & Richards (1923) said, "All experience ... is either enjoyed or interpreted ... or both, and very little of it escapes some degree of interpretation."

H. G. Wells (1938) said, "The human individual is born now to live in a society for which his fundamental instincts are altogether inadequate."