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Dr.GH



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(Permalink) Posted: April 07 2003,18:46   

Great material as always.

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"I think that people have a kind of mystical notion about computer models, that if the model is "more complex than I can understand" then it is equivalent to "they modelled the world in all necessary detail inside the computer!!".  This is particularly true if someone presents a nice animation as the output.   This is not the case.  All computer models are gross simplifications, and IMO there is no particular hard-and-fast distinction between a theoretical model where calculations are done with a computer and a computer simulation where there is some attempt to perform a simulation with random inputs and explicit time-steps.  It is, to plagiarize from Darwin, a difference of degree, not of kind."


This is a very good point.

I hope that you will boil this thread down to a reply to Berlinski sent to Commentary, and with either a TD FAQ link, or at least a link to this thread.

Please!  

PleasePleasePleasePlease

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"Science is the horse that pulls the cart of philosophy."

L. Susskind, 2004 "SMOLIN VS. SUSSKIND: THE ANTHROPIC PRINCIPLE"

   
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