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Submission + - Is Modeling Science?

DanielMarkham writes: "I've been watching the flame wars on Global Warming on Slashdot for a few months now. In an effort to ask a simple question without all the flame wars, is modeling science? That is, is creating a computer model the same as coming up with a new law of physics?

I've just got through posting a blog entry in which I make the case that the types of modeling we read about in the news is not science at all, or science as we know it.

This topic has all the nerd stuff you could ever want. Cellular Automata, Turing Tests, Philosophy of Science, nature of chaotic systems, modeling complex software systems in UML. If I've missed something, I'm sure you guys will let me know about it and I appreciate the critique. So what say you? Is modeling science or not? Can we at least agree on this point?"

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