The Crisis is the Revolution
To help weather the fecal tsunami produced by the worldwide pseudoscientific paradigms that are blinding the masses, I thought it timely to revisit Thomas Kuhn’s, The Structure of Scientific Revolutions. I was in search of a ray of hope, for what a drill sergeant might call blinding flashes of the obvious. I bought the 50th anniversary edition of his 1962 thesis, which expanded and redefined the term paradigm to the point that it became overused.
According to Kuhn, after an undefined pre-scientific period of loose inquiry, three phases emerge in the development of a scientific community. His first phase is that of normal science. The second is crisis driven by anomalies. The third phase is a revolution, which results in a paradigm change in the scientific community. An older, disproved paradigm gives way to a new one that answers or accommodates the anomalies that characterize the crisis.
I first encountered Kuhn, while I was an undergraduate studying philosophy in the 1980’s. During those years of optimism (dissipation), I spent enough time studying at the Southborough, Massachusetts branch of Francis A. Schaeffer’s L’Abri to be described by a worker there as a piece of the furniture. Some at L’Abri applied Kuhn’s scientific paradigm change model to Christian apologetics. Schaeffer wrote of pressing unbelievers to face the logic of their false presuppositions in an effort to expose suppressed anomalies, thereby forcing them into crises and making them open to the truth of Christianity. For Kuhn and Schaeffer, crisis driven by anomaly is a force that leads to revolution or conversion resulting in the new paradigm or fresh focus.
Schaeffer worked, wrote, prayed, and hoped for a Christian revival and reformation that would lead to a constructive revolution affecting all of life–a paradigm shifting spiritual and conceptual revolution that would bring perceptions of reality into Christian focus. He was critical of any professed Christian faith that piously illuminated only a private religious sphere of consciousness while leaving daily existential reality shrouded in darkness. For Schaeffer, a dichotomy between an encapsulated upper-story religion and concrete everyday reality leads to a deficient worldview. While the commensurate lower-story vacuum is readily filled with lies and deception. This is surely how we live currently. We are awash in hellish lies that are readily believed by many who nonetheless profess what are often mutant, emasculated, shadows of a waning Christianity. The trajectory of their reflections on current affairs, rather than being clarified by a robust faithful focus, are adjudicated by the demonic kaleidoscopic lenses of the world spirit.
What I quickly realized in revisiting Kuhn’s work is that currently anomalies and crises have become the revolution. Angst and chaos are the goals of the elites who prescribe pseudoscientific paradigms. Anomalies that might drive conversions in Kuhn’s model are squelched, censored, redefined, or subsumed. Spurious crises are purposely created, staged, and used to the advantage of the elites. The crisis is the revolution. Kuhn’s dialectic is cut off from its progress and goals by the prevailing Masonic, daemonic, chthonic, global hegemonic forces in control of the narratives.
The censoring elites with their fact checkers on social media are not so much checking facts but sniffing for any opposing conceptual frameworks and filtering out anything that challenges the false worldview composed of false paradigms. They may allow some limited criticism and discussion within their superficial construct as a pressure releasing safety valve, but they cannot tolerate anything substantive that may shake or puncture their false edifices. They ridicule, deride, and marginalize any serious threats to their agenda. Pseudoscientific paradigms are powerful tools of the globalist elites in support of their imperative for impoverishment, depopulation and enslavement and they ardently shield them from any serious scrutiny.
Why is it so easy for an elite minority to maintain a constant state of lies and chaos? Why are the pseudoscientific paradigms accepted and popularized? In answering this I owe a debt to Thomas Fleming for his articulation of Jonathan Swift’s epistemology of capax rations - that man is capable of reason if unlikely to exercise it. Most do not live an examined life; most do not choose to think and will not perceive when a paradigm is false but simply work within it rather than challenge it. They seem unable to acknowledge they are being manipulated. The Apostle Paul in his second letter to Timothy, warns of such a time when people will “turn away their hearing from the truth, but will be turned unto fables.”
In 1 Corinthians 13 Paul writes that we only know in part, and we see through a glass darkly and that ultimately our knowledge will be destroyed. Knowledge exists but it is partial and clouded. This seems humbling enough to offer some justification for Kuhn’s dialectical struggle, however in Romans 1, Paul also describes unbelievers suppressing the truth in unrighteousness. Theirs is a stifling, twisting, contortion of truth for diabolical and self-serving ends. In Ephesians 4, he warns of the wickedness and cunning craftiness of men who lie in wait to deceive.
Paul’s answer to this is to do the truth in charity. In 2 Corinthians Paul states that we can “demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God.” Truth can penetrate the false worlds of those who, in the words of Isaiah, hatch snake’s eggs and weave cobwebs. Cross contextual persuasive communication in love is possible if difficult. While incommensurability among those operating within disparate opposing paradigms is suggested in some critical interpretations of Kuhn’s model, it need not always prevail even if our conversations, (particularly those attempted on social media) indicate otherwise.
A true constructive revolution would sanctify a genuine woke populace that would exercise a desire to confront and defeat the unjust warmongers, deep state, and deep church bureaucrats, big pharma, and their proxy allopathic poison pushers, banksters, pedophiles, pederasts, globalists, fake scientists, and soul-sick modernist psyop-perpetrating media elites. Such a revolution would energize Kuhn’s dialectic as its ability to be captured, truncated, and twisted toward falsehood would be checked within the context of an epistemology of Christian love where substantial critical scrutiny can prevail. For Kuhn’s thesis to be helpful, the first paradigm shift must be the most radical. It must be a shift from corrupt legacy of Cogito, ergo sum to Amor, ergo sum - I am loved, therefore I am, in the context of which, our Savior commands “Peace, be still” to the perfect storm of lies and deception.
Frank DeRienzo is a retired Special Forces Lieutenant Colonel. He holds a BA in Philosophy from Gordon College and an MBA from the University of Massachusetts and is a graduate of the US Army Defense Language Institute. He currently works with eLearning technology.