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ONLINE: Kevin Zollman (Carnegie Mellon): “Scientific diversity and the theoretical virtues”
26 May 2020, 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
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Abstract: Scientists evaluate theories according to many different dimensions of value. Philosophers debate how many and what they are, but it is clear that scientists care about several different aspects of a theory (like its simplicity, predictive accuracy, and the like). It has long been recognized that this diversity of evaluative criteria is one source of diversity in scientific pursuits. This paper explores, via computer simulation, how diversity of values affects scientific diversity and how it compares to other sources of diversity discussed in the literature.
Kevin Zollman is an associate professor in the Department of Philosophy at Carnegie Mellon University. His research focuses on game theory, agent based modeling, and the philosophy of science.