“Rather than being an interpreter, the scientist who embraces a new paradigm is like the man wearing inverting lenses.” – This guy ->
Kuhn came from a background in physics, having obtained his Ph D from Harvard University but later through academic freedom switched to history of science and philosophy. After obtaining his Ph D he began teaching University of California Berkeley, later moving to Princeton and finally MIT. It was at Berkeley that he published what’s considered his most influential work and a landmark in history, philosophy and scientific knowledge, The Structure Of Scientific Revolutions.
The main concept highlighted in his book was questioning the foundations of knowledge so much that one is forced to change how they view the world, resulting in a paradigm shift. A paradigm is a lens which one views the world through. An example of a paradigm shift may be turning to a religious point of view from a scientific view or vice-versa. This is as opposed to the concept of inquiring further and deeper knowledge in a specific paradigm, which is the traditional way of science.
So really, this guy didn’t follow the zeitgeist (am I using the word right?) of the time. His concept of paradigm shifts and questioning foundations is quite against the norm of science, even in our society today. Developments in science such as the discovery of the Higgs Boson are testaments to that.
Personally, as much as I fancy the concept that there’s always more to be gleaned through questioning the foundations of what one knows, there’s also an intangible line of “leave well enough alone” that I wouldn’t like to cross. Before he became curious and started researching about the Matrix, it can be said that Neo had a reasonably average life. After discovering the Matrix however, all of what Neo knew as reality was flipped inside-out and spun 180 degrees. This is a rather extreme example and it was for the greater good that Neo gave his life, but I’d rather ponder and know within my own relative reality.