Reconstruction Failures: Questioning Level Design
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- Roth C. (2009) Reconstruction Failures: Questioning Level Design. In: Squazzoni F. (eds) Epistemological Aspects of Computer Simulation in the Social Sciences. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol 5466. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
In front of unsuccessful models and simulations, we suggest that reductionist and emergentist attitudes may make it harder to detect ill-conceived modeling ontology and subsequent epistemological dead-ends. We argue that some high-level phenomena just cannot be explained and reconstructed from unsufficiently informative lower levels. This eventually requires a fundamental viewpoint change in not only low-level dynamics but also in the design of low-level objects themselves, considering distinct levels of description as just distinct observations on a single process.
KeywordsModeling Methodology Reconstruction Emergence Downward Causation Complex Systems
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