Dictionary of Human Evolution and Biology

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Normal Science

Working out details of predictions, or problem-solving, given the existence of an accepted larger body of theory (a paradigm); work based firmly upon replicable research and scientific achievement that some particular scientific community acknowledges (at least for a time) as supplying the foundation for its further practice. In the Kuhnian sense, normal science is what happens between paradigm shifts; attempts to force nature into the inflexible box supplied by the paradigm.

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