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Exploratory Modeling and Indeterminacy in the Search for Life

Jacoby, Franklin (2022) Exploratory Modeling and Indeterminacy in the Search for Life. [Preprint]

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The aim of this article is to use a model from the origin of life studies to provide some depth and detail to our understanding of exploratory models by suggesting that some of these models should be understood as indeterminate. Models that are indeterminate are a type of exploratory model and therefore have extensive potential and can prompt new lines of research. They are distinctive in that, given the current state of scientific understanding, we cannot specify how and where the model will be useful in understanding the natural world: in this case, the origin of life on Earth. The purpose of introducing indeterminacy is to emphasize the epistemic uncertainty associated with modeling, a feature of this practice that has been under emphasized in the literature in favor of attempts to understand the more specific epistemic successes afforded by models.


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Item Type: Preprint
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Jacoby, Franklinfrjacoby@fastmail.com0000-0002-8957-4902
Keywords: Models in Science; Exploratory Modeling; Origin of Life Studies; Indeterminacy; Targetless Modeling; Reasoning with Models
Subjects: General Issues > Models and Idealization
Depositing User: Dr Franklin Jacoby
Date Deposited: 15 May 2022 03:58
Last Modified: 15 May 2022 03:58
Item ID: 20592
Subjects: General Issues > Models and Idealization
Date: 2022
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/20592

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