Problem-Solving and Paradigm Change

The Non Zero Ratio processes

The need for a case


The case

Problem-Solving and Paradigm Change

In About Non Zero Ratio you could read how, in order to achieve the Non Zero Ratio mission, cases will be developed and demonstrated that propose a new perspective that is considered impossible by all yet true, in the same way that in the past the earth was proposed to be spherical while everybody thought it was flat, or the earth evolved around the sun rather than sun and planets evolving around the earth etc.

Basically very tough problems appear to be solved by introducing a new perspective that was before considered impossible to be true. This hints a link between the solving of very tough problems and the need to find a new apparently impossible perspective that will turn out to be true.

The basic view behind Non Zero Ratio about problem-solving is that breakthrough insights:

Such breakthtrough insights are frequently referred to as paradigm changes : they cannot be true, yet turn out to be true from a new and in hindsight more correct perspective.

Non Zero Ratio holds the view that, because of the group think phenomena, it is much more difficult today than in the past, to introduce a new "impossible" perspective despite it being correct, despite the fact that there is now vastly more knowledge and many more knowledgeable people. Impossible perspectives appear to be crazy when they are aired, whether they are correct or not. The challenge thus is to be able to distinguish the crackpot perspectives ("it is not true that we landed on the moon") from the truly more correct impossible perspectives ("time runs slower close to earth" as shown by Einsteins theory of general relativity).

As Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860) said : All truth passes through three stages: First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident.

The truth in this statement was well-documented in Thomas Kuhn's The Structure of Scientific Revolutions (1962).

The Non Zero Ratio processes focus on the true nature of any major progress: paradigm changes.

The Non Zero Ratio processes

Non Zero Ratio is thus about the development and demonstration of processes that :

The Need for a Demonstration Case

To succeed in the Non Zero Ratio mission, which is to demonstrate the existence of facilitating problem-solving processes, it is required to

  1. Construct a new perspective that is considered impossible and incorrect yet true
  2. Succeed to make this perspective accepted so it becomes the mainstream perspective

This page proposes a case that resulted from the Non Zero Ratio processes, consisting of a new perspective that is logically more complete and compellingly more correct than the current mainstream scientific view. It was already developed in 2002, and is used to further develop and optimize the still incomplete process of facilitating and speeding up the introduction of paradigm-changing perspective from an individual into the society. Associated White Papers were shared in 2007 with the Think Tank The Next Generation, in 2008 with Francis Heylighen' ECCO and on this website on June 12th 2014, updated February 26th 2015 and Sept 4th 2017.


Be warned: as Einstein said: problems cannot be solved at the level they were created: they require a paradigm shift.

A paradigm shift proposes by definition a deviation from the norm and is thus abnormal. So what follows will look absurd : a statement will be made that surely cannot be true. However, using a combination of known facts, a new logic will be presented that supports the absurd statement, and thus should be true also.

So here you go : how do you feel about the following suggested paradigm change:

The Case

Work in Progress