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Saturday, May 6, 2017

Predicting the Path of Sciientific Revolutions

Scientific progress appears to depend less upon the contribution of individuals, and relatively more upon the cultural superorganic -- the accumulated knowledge and experience of the culture into which they are born.

For example, in regard to current debates regarding the nature of hypnosis and related experiences (Gibbons & Lynn, 2008; Gibbons & Woods, 2016), I would like to recommended Professor Frank Pajares' excellent outline and study guide  for Thomas S. Kuhn's The Structure of Scientific Revolutions (Kuhn, 2012),  which has recently been published in its fiftieth anniversary edition. Of particular relevance are Pajares' notes on Chapter V, X, and the chapters which follow it.

Kuhn was frequently cited by the late Theodore X.Barber, the leader of the non-state view of hypnosis, which is currently expressed in Theodore R. Sarbin's Believed- in Imaginings.(DeRivera&Sarbin, 1998).


i got a good laugh (and an invitation to lunch) at a meeting of the American Psychological Association when, with Barber in the audience, I announced that many of the old-time hypnotists would no doubt regard me as a "Barberian!"


As Shakespeare said in his play, The Tempest, "The past is prologue" -- or, as a New York cab driver reportedly phrased it, "Brother, you ain't seen nothin' yet!"



References
Gibons, D. E., & Lynn, S. J. (2008). Hypnotic inductions: A primer. In Ruhe, J. W., Lynn, S. J., & Kirsch, I. (Eds.) Handbook of clinical hypnosis, 2nd ed. Washington, DC: American Psychological Assn.

Gibbons, D. E., & Woods, K. T. (2016) Virtual reality hypnosis: Exploring alternate and parallel universes. Amazon Books, 2016. (Both print and Kindleditions are available.) 

De Rveraa, J.,, & Sarbin, T.  R. (Eds.,  Believed-In Imaginings:he Narrative Construction of Reality. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association, 1998

Kuhn, T. S. (2012). The Structure of Scientific Revolutions, 4th ed. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press





 

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