I totally agree with Jim on the relevance of Kuhn's work in this context. Scientific revolutions have happened many times in the past, and Kuhn was the first to clearly recognize the pattern. Since then, the study of this pattern has grown into a discipline known as the "philosophy of science", and many are familiar with the concepts. But few understand the true reality of the matter.
In the modern scientific community, truth is that which can be bastardized to suit the current political agenda, and Kuhn's work is no different in that respect. The establishment knows that it's the establishment, and it knows that it's the one to beat, and it doesn't want to be on the wrong side of a revolution. So it preempts revolutions by showing that it is so open-minded, it is willing to consider anything, no matter how wild & crazy. Somebody says that black holes are consuming matter, and transporting the matter through wormholes to some other place in the universe where it spontaneously erupts in supernovae? Sure, we'll go along with that. Somebody wants funding to pursue string theory, where all of the riddles of the universe are solved by adding new dimensions to reality, and the inexplicable behaviors that we observe are due to interactions among these dimensions that defy the laws of the one universe that we can see? No problem. We're open-minded, and we'll believe anything, and nobody will ever be able to say that we're suppressing new ideas. How can we be accused of that when we're willing to accept things like general relativity and string theory?
But those are not revolutionary ideas that are paving the way for progress in the sciences. They're gibberish, concocted by people who have read Kuhn, and who know how to come up with ideas that sound bizarre so that they can pose as revolutionaries. Yet there is an essential ingredient that they're missing. You have to do more than just come up with wild & crazy ideas to be a revolutionary. It isn't a scientific revolution unless the new model is more accurate than the old one. The new idea might sound strange, but strange is not the active ingredient. Truth is. That's what they don't get. And it's ironic that their familiarity with Kuhn is actually going to make them even more vulnerable to a revolution. The reason is that they "think" that they have it all covered, so they don't have to listen to people like us. We're not doing wild & crazy ideas, just because they're wild & crazy, so we don't know how to play the game, and we're not competitors.
The best way to detect that it's actually a revolution, and that it's real, and that it's unstoppable, is when you see amateurs solving problems that professionals cannot. This is how you know for sure that the professionals are stuck and can't get out, and that they're getting left behind.
So how does it come to pass that amateurs can accomplish more than professionals?
In the history of science, it's always just a matter of time before great new ideas eventually get accepted by society. Then they become credible. Then professionals come along and figure out how to milk that credibility for all that it's worth. They canonize the ideas, and get their presentations polished. When problems are found, they alter the framework in whatever way makes the fewest possible number of changes, to retain the credibility associated with the framework. That's when they get stuck. Once they start rationalizing away new problems, progress stops. As the problems continue to surface, the professionals get embattled, and they dig in on their existing positions, guaranteeing that they'll never move forward again. Then it's just a matter of time before people who have not dug in leave them behind.
And this isn't just a college debate, where people lock down on their assertions because they don't want the embarrassment of having to admit that they're wrong. It's about money. It's like a used car salesman who has been exaggerating the truth, and is now being caught in a lie. If he admits that he lied, he loses the sale. So even if he knows that he lied, and the truth is coming out, he'll stick to his story, because if it weren't for the opportunity to make some money, he wouldn't have even been in the conversation. At that point, as long as there is a chance of making the sale, he'll continue lying. When that chance goes away, he smirks, shrugs, and walks away. He doesn't concede that you're right, because for him, it wasn't an opportunity to win an argument. He was trying to make some money!
Such is the case with today's scientific community. They're not going to admit that we're right. They'll oppose us until all of their funding is cut. Then they'll smirk, shrug, and walk away.
And remember this: the kind of scientific community that can get left behind by amateurs is precisely the type of community that will never listen to amateurs. A healthy, growing community comfortably accepts ideas from all sources. That's how you know that they're actually open-minded, and truly confident in their abilities. It isn't any skin off of their chins to give credit to somebody who doesn't have the same credentials. But an embattled, entrenched community, that isn't going anywhere, and who sees everything as a matter of credibility, cannot possibly acknowledge that a great idea came from somebody who doesn't do things the same way they do, reinforcing their paradigm. Such would be professional suicide for them. They "do" acknowledge the work of amateurs, but only if it's an exact match to what they're doing. This way, they can say that it isn't about credentials. But if the amateur disagrees, forget it. So it's all about the credibility. And in the history of science, that's the beginning of the end for the establishment.
By definition, science is discovery, and great new ideas are always incredulous until they have been thoroughly proved. Any community that gets into a credibility battle is always going to lose in the end, because they'll constrain themselves to what people are willing to believe, which has nothing to do with the truth. People who pursue the truth will always surpass people like that in the end.
And that's what we're doing, so yes, this is a scientific revolution, similar in kind to the many that have happened in the past. This will result in the catastrophic failure of the credibility of the establishment, which is a bummer, but it will also provide immense value to society, which is what it's all about anyway.