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The dominant paradigm of Design

The dominant paradigm of Design

Issue | 44
Text | Kevin Mark Low

Dominant paradigms are values and systems of thinking that are held in common at any one given time in a particular society.

They are as much a part of cultural and social background, as they are governed by context of the given moment, and are characterised by the general inability or refusal to see beyond current models of thinking. Dominant paradigms are governed less by fact as they are by pure belief, and are known to change over revolutionary circumstances, or when sufficient anomaly and differences of opinion have reached critical threshold, after which the entire belief system crumbles in the face of a freshly adopted belief, one which may not necessarily be founded on deeper truth itself. The belief that rule over the masses came from God through royal birth and aristocracy used to be a dominant paradigm, as with the belief that governments globally had the best interests of their people at heart. Blood-letting was a foundation of accepted medical practice, and Native American cultures welcomed the first Europeans to arrive as fair-skinned Gods; the same Europeans who believed it was unhealthy to bathe. Dominant paradigms curtail discovery, and the act of learning.

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