Why modeling?

2 août 2010

People are very sceptical about modeling. They say we can’t model, because we don’t know everything yet. But this is precisely why we need to model. Rather than describing something we already understand, a simulation tool helps in approaching understanding. The model is becoming more of a reasoning instrument. It’s a way of arguing and groping towards consensus knowledge.

Walter Fontana, Bulletin of the Sante Fe Institute, 2009

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