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Better than Best: Epistemic Landscapes and Diversity of Practice in Science

Wu, Jingyi (2023) Better than Best: Epistemic Landscapes and Diversity of Practice in Science. [Preprint]

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Abstract

When solving a complex problem in a group, should group members always choose the best available solution that they are aware of? In this paper, I build simulation models to show that, perhaps surprisingly, a group of agents who individually randomly follow a better available solution than their own can end up outperforming a group of agents who individually always follow the best available solution. This result has implications for the feminist philosophy of science and social epistemology.


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Item Type: Preprint
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Wu, Jingyijingyi.wu@uci.edu0000-0001-7198-851X
Keywords: social epistemology, network modeling, feminist epistemology, epistemic landscapes, computer simulations
Subjects: General Issues > Computer Simulation
General Issues > Feminist Approaches
General Issues > Science and Society
General Issues > Social Epistemology of Science
General Issues > Values In Science
Depositing User: Jingyi Wu
Date Deposited: 18 Aug 2023 12:58
Last Modified: 18 Aug 2023 12:58
Item ID: 22432
Subjects: General Issues > Computer Simulation
General Issues > Feminist Approaches
General Issues > Science and Society
General Issues > Social Epistemology of Science
General Issues > Values In Science
Date: 18 August 2023
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/22432

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