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Copyright © 1997, Jay Ligda.  All rights reserved.  Published by Humans in the Universe and Jay Ligda.

Mutually Exclusive Paradigms

      Two paradigms with no link or apparent link between them are called mutually exclusive paradigms (Nelson, 1986).  When two mutually exclusive paradigms come into contact, there is tension (stress) as the two paradigms compete for mind-space.  Here is a link between language and stress.  Language creates self-awareness and insecurity; these two create the desire for a frame of orientation known as a paradigmParadigms can be molded by language and shared with others through language.  Mutually exclusive paradigms create stress.  Examples of some commonly percieved mutually exclusive paradigms are, Christianity's creationism versus Darwin’s theory of evolution, Cartesianism versus quantum physics and Einstein's theory of relativity, and capitalism versus communism.

by Jay Ligda

(This work is a all or part of an original work first published/written for John. F. Kennedy University:  Final Integrative Project., Mar1996.)


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References

  • Nelson, T.H. (Producer & Director).  (1986).  A Technical Overview of the Xanadu System.  [video].  (Available from Mindful Press, Sausalito, CA.)
  • Pearson, D. & Shaw, S. (1982).  Life Extension:  A Practical Scientific Approach.  New York, NY:  Warner.

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