On paradigm changes

“A new scientific truth does not triumph by convincing its opponents and making them see the light, but rather because its opponents eventually die, and a new generation grows up that is familiar with it.”
~ Max Planck

Eerily similar to a Steve Jobs anecdote going back to the first Macintosh, the first personal computer to ship with a mouse.

The first Macs shipped with a floppy disk loaded with a Macintosh Basics tutorial, which explained the different aspects of the Mac. The tutorial had a great deal of focus on the mouse, including what a mouse is and how to use it (even that you can lift it off the table and put it down again to give yourself more room to move the cursor in a specific direction).

Many members of the original Macintosh team suggested that a typing tutorial should also be included, since many people did not know how to use a keyboard. Jobs’s response: not to bother as those people would all die out eventually anyway.

Years later, keyboard and mouse, both, are accepted paradigms and none of today’s computers bother to teach people how to use them.

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