Notes on: “The Structure of Scientific Revolutions”; by Thomas S. Kuhn

The Structure of Scientific Revolutions. Thomas S. Kuhn. (50th Anniversary Edition)

Scientific theories don’t change because old scientists change their minds; they change because old scientists die. ~ Max Plank

In 1962, Thomas Kuhn, Historian of Science, published his seminal work: The Structure of Scientific Revolutions (The University of Chicago Press). In this book, Kuhn challenged long-standing linear notions of scientific progress, arguing that transformative ideas don’t arise from the day-to-day, gradual process of experimentation and data accumulation but that the revolutions in science – those breakthrough moments that disrupt accepted thinking and offer unanticipated ideas – actually occur outside of “normal science,” as he called it. Normal Science , as Kuhn defines it, means research firmly based upon one or more past  scientific achievements, achievements that some particular scientific community  acknowledges for a time as supplying the foundation for its further practice.

Though Kuhn was writing when physics ruled the sciences, his ideas on how scientific revolutions bring order to the anomalies that amass over time in research experiments are still instructive in our biotech age.

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Truth… or Dare?

“If Truth is Your Enemy, Then You Have a Major Marketing Problem!”

~ Prof. William Proffit

Interesting news this week, where dentistrytoday.com reported that OrthoAccel Technologies – the company manufacturing and marketing Acceledent; its product that the company “claims” speeds up orthodontic tooth movement by up to %50 – has been found to be pushing out “misleading marketing” to the public, as ruled by The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) in the United Kingdom, after reviewing available evidence.

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JAWS – Dr. Proffit and Dr. Ackerman Review a “Sensationalist” Book!

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“Science, my boy, is made up of mistakes, but they are mistakes which are useful to make, because they lead little by little to the truth.”
Jules Verne, Journey to the Center of the Earth

It’s been a while since I last posted on the blog due to work and family time constraints, but we’re back this time with a review of a review!

As the title suggests, this post is about a review posted by Prof. William Proffit, James Ackerman and Tate Jackson on the blog The Orthodontics Professors. It is a review of a new book by Dr. Sandra Kahn and Paul R. Ehrlich entitled; Jaws: The Story of A Hidden Epidemic. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2018 (Apr.

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What happens during Orthodontic Tooth Acceleration? Surgical Procedures for Accelerating Orthodontic Treatment

OK, so what’s the speed of “Dark”? ~ Steven Wright

Today’s guest blog post is by colleague Dr. Samer Mheissen, currently in private practice in Damascus, Syria, and is the Section Editor for the International Journal of Contemporary Orthodontics (See short C.V. at the bottom of the post). He shares with us some of his thoughts and opinion regarding the topic of Surgical Orthodontic Tooth Acceleration.

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Are You an Evidence-based Orthodontist?

A Guest Blog Post by Dr. Alexandre da Veiga Jardim, DDS; Clinical Professor at Universidade Paulista – Goiânia, Brazil.

As part of a series of guest blog posts by various orthodontic colleagues from around the world, I’m grateful today to my colleague Dr. Alexandre da Veiga Jardim from Brazil, for taking the time to share with us here at The Orthodontic Notefile, his thoughts and personal views on a very important and current topic;  Evidence-based Orthodontics. I’ll leave you to read his guest post below.

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“Science doesn’t exist to be admired, but to be questioned”

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