paradigm shift

  

Definition

Fundamental change in an individual's or a society's view of how things work in the world. For example, the shift from earth to sun as the center of solar system, 'humors' to microbes as causes of disease, heart to brain as the seat of thinking and feeling.

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  • There was a significant paradigm shift in the classroom when the original teacher was replaced by an clearly inexperience substitute.

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  • Social media has created an enormous paradigm shift in what types of stories are considered "breaking news" - a home video of someone singing along to a popular song can now be deemed headline-worthy if it gets circulated around the Internet fast enough.

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  • When it was discovered that the world was not flat there was a paradigm shift in the minds of all those that wanted to explore.

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