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What is So Special about Analogue Simulations?

Nappo, Francesco (2021) What is So Special about Analogue Simulations? [Preprint]

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Contra Dardashti, Thébault, and Winsberg (BJPS, 2017), this paper defends an analysis of arguments from analogue simulations as instances of a familiar kind of inductive inference in science: arguments from material analogy (Hesse, Models and Analogies in Science, Univ Notre Dame Press, 1963). When understood in this way, the capacity of analogue simulations to confirm hypotheses about black holes can be deduced from a general account – fully consistent with a Bayesian standpoint– of how ordinary arguments from material analogy confirm. The proposed analysis makes recommendations about what analogue experiments are worth pursuing that are more credible than Dardashti, Hartmann, Thébault, and Winsberg’s (SHPS, 2019). It also offers a more solid basis for addressing the concerns by Crowther, Linneman, and Wütrich (Synthese, 2019), according to which analogue simulations are incapable of confirming predictions about black holes.


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Item Type: Preprint
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Nappo, Francescofr.nappo@gmail.com
Keywords: analogical reasoning; analogue simulations
Subjects: General Issues > Confirmation/Induction
Specific Sciences > Physics > Cosmology
General Issues > Evidence
General Issues > Experimentation
General Issues > Models and Idealization
Specific Sciences > Physics > Statistical Mechanics/Thermodynamics
Depositing User: Dr. Francesco Nappo
Date Deposited: 02 Dec 2021 05:30
Last Modified: 02 Dec 2021 05:30
Item ID: 19954
Subjects: General Issues > Confirmation/Induction
Specific Sciences > Physics > Cosmology
General Issues > Evidence
General Issues > Experimentation
General Issues > Models and Idealization
Specific Sciences > Physics > Statistical Mechanics/Thermodynamics
Date: 2021
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/19954

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