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The Paradigm Shift Caused By Francis Bacon

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The time period surrounding the 17th century was the beginning of an era of great scientific advancement in Europe that was known as the Scientific Revolution. It was during this phase that the use of reason and new advances in science resulted in paradigm shifts. Paradigm shifts are shifts in basic assumptions (paradigms) resulting from the discovery of new information that is no longer compatible with existing paradigms, forcing people to shift their mind frame to adapt to the new assumption ("Thomas S. Kuhn"). In this period, many scientists formulated new theories by developing procedures to test new ideas; one of these procedures was the Ba-conian Method. The creator of the Baconian method, Francis Bacon (1561 – 1626), sought to reform and improve the philosophy of science, and thought that logic should have three goals: to correct habits of mind and intellectual mistakes, to supplement correct intellectual habits and compensate for incorrect ones, and to be constructive in the organization of logic gained (Da-vid). In his attempts to reform science and fulfill these goals, Bacon created a paradigm shift from the use of deductive investigation methods, or basing conclusions on a general law, to the inductive Baconian method that based conclusions on factual evidence from observation or experimentation (Smith). Bacon created this shift firstly by pointing out the flaws in other sys-tems of investigation by strongly criticizing several other philosophical approaches to science. Secondly, Bacon attempted to root out corruption or confusion that he felt was caused by other philosophies by encouraging people to acknowledge and compensate for them. Finally, Bacon created a method to organize and interpret data that would help scientists to arrive at an induc-tive hypothesis. Thus, Francis Bacon created a paradigm shift in logic from the deductive method to the inductive Baconian method by making people aware of past errors in philosophy through heavy criticism, realizing the corruptions and confusions to the human mind he thought to be caused by the deductive method and helping to correct them, and creating a system of inductive investigation for people to follow to enable them to improve scientific investigation.
One way in which Bacon created a paradigm shift from deductive to inductive reasoning was by pointing out flaws in other philosophies. During Bacon’s time, the Catholic Church wielded a great influence over acquiring knowledge, and upheld philosophies that were based on ancient scholars and philosophers who mainly used deductive methodology. Deductive rea-soning is considered to be a method in which a conclusion in made based on a general law. For example, a deductive thinker, based on the law that all men are mortal, would make the conclu-sion that he is mortal because he is a man. Bacon felt that at the time, scientific knowledge relied too much on either guessing or the citations of the authorities (Smith).
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