The New Business of Paradigms

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1. What is a paradigm?

A Paradigm is a system of rules and regulations that set limits or/and establish boundaries and also it guides you on how to be successful by simply solving problems that could exist in those boundaries. To sum up, a paradigm is a problem solving system.

2. How do paradigms influence our thinking and decision making?
A positive effect that Paradigms has on our mind is that it acts like filters that sorts data coming into our mind.
There is also a negative effect of paradigms, as some of those data were very difficult for our mind to collect, which were the unexceptional data?s. In other way, we choose data that we think best fits our rules, and ignore the rest.

3. Why do we become blinded to new ideas?
We sometimes ignore new ideas because we think that there is no need to change. We are just used to living life the way we do without the need to make changes.

4. Give three examples that were used in the tape to illustrate how people were blinded by their paradigms.
The invention of the electrostatic photography. (the Xerox Process) which was introduced to a major photography company and the inventor was ignored.
When Japanese were taught the quality idea and learnt how to perfect things while Americans ignored it and thought there is no need for change. Therefore, they gained the high grand in quality.
A group of student decided to build an energy affiant car in the 1976 during America?s energy crisis.

5. How can we overcome being paralyzed by our paradigms?

We must be aware of our current paradigms and take the risk to change them. And also look beyond the center.

6. In the video Mr. Barker states: ?You can chose to change your paradigm?. How might this statement apply to you as an engineering student?
This could apply to an engineer student as if you were given a new idea you reject it out of hands. As an engineer student, we should not respond to old rules.

7. How can it influence your thinking as you begin your engineering studies?

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