volume 36, issue 1, P16-41 2014
DOI: 10.1007/s40656-014-0003-4
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Abstract: This article on the epistemology of computational models stems from an analysis of the Gaïa hypothesis (GH). It begins with James Kirchner's criticisms of the central computational model of GH: Daisyworld. Among other things, the model has been criticized for being too abstract, describing fictional entities (fictive daisies on an imaginary planet) and trying to answer counterfactual (what-if) questions (how would a planet look like if life had no influence on it?). For these reasons the model has been conside…

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