http://education.yahoo.com/reference/di ... y/paradigm
Worth reading both the definitions and the note. I always tended to use the short i, rather than the preferred long i. With the speed of scientific advancement, the paradigm shift is becoming business as usual. All of a sudden with the discovery of dark matter and dark energy, we enter a major, major shift. Anywhere from 70-90% of the cosmos, or at least the universe, has yet to be discovered.
The current clamor from many American Catholics for allowing contraception, women and married priests would require an earthquake of a paradigm shift. Such a ruling would require the Pope to state or imply that supposedly infallible truths are no longer so. On the other hand, quitting smoking for many is also earthshaking. Of course, so is getting married or having your first baby.
It's important to recognize the hidden paradigms underlying our assumptions. Note that in Exodus, the Lord commands Moses to build the tabernacle in great detail. Later the book describes the building of the tabernacle almost verbatim. Nowhere does Exodus describe what it looked like as the Greeks would. Hebrew is built from verbs and is action-oriented, not visual.
I frequently ponder our assumptions, almost like the air we breathe, but accept without inquiry.